Fredy Neptune

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Fredy Neptune
AuthorLes Murray
IllustratorMike Golding
Cover artistAlex Snellgrove
LanguageAustralian English
GenreNovel in verse
PublisherDuffy & Snellgrove
Publication date
Media typePrint (Paperback)

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)