The protagonist in the novella Attack at the Dolphin is caught between an enduring love for her husband and lust for a “toy boy”, a cadet at the newspaper where she works. Set against the backdrop of the high rolling heavy drinking Sydney of the 1990s, this delightful romp is written by former Sydney Morning Herald journalist and woman-about-town Bridget Wilson.
Attack at the Dolphin is a sometimes painful, always moving, often funny meditation on marriage and infidelity, love and lust, loyalty and treachery.
Having worked for decades as a television and newspaper journalist, Bridget Wilson left Australia to return to her home town of Auckland, New Zealand. She has since established herself as an addictions counselor. Attack is Wilson’s first book.
“When the opportunity came up to join the boutique publishing enterprise A Sense of Place Publishing as one of their stable of writers I jumped at the chance,” Wilson recalls. “Like many an old journalist, I’ve always dreamt of being a writer. Attack is the story that jostled to the front of the queue. It was a story that I wanted to tell, but didn’t know how.
“While the triangles and complications, confrontations and intimacies we sometimes find ourselves in can be painful, it is through these with experiences that we ourselves grow. Sydney in the 1990s was a wonderfully dynamic place to be; and I just lapped it up. This story, of love, lust, compromise and betrayal, is a very Sydney story; and a very human one.”
Married for many years to her most devoted fan, the book’s protagonist finds herself coming undone when a bright young cadet at the newspaper where she works starts paying her attention. Flattered and surprised, she finds herself drinking in Sydney’s trendiest bars with a “toy boy” on her zarm. Meanwhile, her patient husband waits at home. Then all hell breaks loose.