Long Pork – Behind the Bamboo Curtain in West Papua

Mandy Partridge

Liza works as a doctor at the Freeport goldmine in Papua, FIFO from Cairns, Australia.

On a helicopter flight, cyclonic winds crash the chopper into the highlands of the Lorentz National Park. Liza and four miners are the only survivors.

They are rescued by Swando and his Asmat men, but kept prisoner in their cave. Papuan Freedom Fighters visit the cave, and Liza sympathises with their cause.

After rescue, Liza swears to help the Papuans with her medical skills. But Arthur and the men want to help them by running guns for gold. The Freedom Fighters, the Asmat villagers and their expat friends go up against an imperialist army, and do whatever they can in a desperate fight.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 

Mandy Partridge has an BA and MA, and edited the University of Queensland’s paper, Semper Floreat in 1991. At Semper, Mandy met some great writers such as John Birmingham, Dirk Flinthart and Helen Dale.

Partridge worked at the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission, wrote for the Independent Monthly, and has worked in hospitality and security. Mandy is politically active with the Free West Papua Association, and Indigenous and Environmental movements.

Mandy also wrote for the theatre, ‘Parasitic Twins and Extra Limbs’, co-wrote ‘Take a Deep Breath’ in Brisbane, ‘Alice’s Excellent Adventure’ and ‘Death Wears a Red Nose’ in Perth. She wrote ‘Mistress Mandarella’s New Boots’ back in Brisbane, with one scene appearing on ‘Australia’s Got Talent’.

In 2015, Mandy wrote her first nonfiction book, ‘Acrobalances’ for Hudson Publishing, Melbourne.
Since 2016, Mandy has been the official Town Crier for Brisbane city, and has represented her city around Australia and in Canada.