Fredy Neptune

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Fredy Neptune
Author Les Murray (poet)
Illustrator Mike Golding
Cover artist Alex Snellgrove
Country Australia
Language Australian English
Genre Novel in verse
Publisher Duffy & Snellgrove
Publication date
Media type Print (Paperback)
Pages 265
ISBN 1-875989-30-7
OCLC 222423058
Preceded by Killing the Black Dog (1997)
Followed by Conscious and Verbal (1999)

Fredy Neptune: A Novel in Verse (1998) is a novel written in verse by the Australian poet Les Murray.

Told in eight-line stanzas, Fredy Neptune describes the experiences of Fred Boettcher, an Australian of German parentage, during the years between the world wars. The work was described by the British poet Ruth Padel as "a haunting, loving, fiercely democratic epic by a master poet."[1] It won the 1998 Queensland Premier's Literary Awards Fiction Book Award.


The work is divided into five sections:

Book I The Middle Sea
Book II Barking at the Thunder
Book III Prop Sabres
Book IV The Police Revolution
Book V Lazarus Unstuck


  1. ^ Padel, Ruth Odysseus of the Outback New York Times review, 16 May 1999 (free registration required to view)