Writer clocks on in style

Jackson Lavell-LeeBusselton Dunsborough Times
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Author Chris Rutter, who publishes under the name Michael Nicholas, with his book Big Time.
Camera IconAuthor Chris Rutter, who publishes under the name Michael Nicholas, with his book Big Time. Credit: Busselton-Dunsborough Times, Jackson Lavell-Lee

The recently unveiled Nannup Clock has been immortalised in fiction by Chris Rutter with a comical book titled Big Time which explores the psychology of a small town.

Rutter, who publishes under the pen name Michael Nicholas, said he loved the quirkiness of Nannup and hoped he did the town justice.

“It’s a very eclectic place with a lot of creative people; even if you’re a little bit different or unusual you still fit in,” he said.

“The local Shire said the scene in the council room was hilarious, and I got a call one night with the man simply referring to me as a ‘funny bugger’ before abruptly hanging up.”

The retired Hale School head of drama said he had been writing for years but usually for play adaptations. The dramatic style is apparent in Big Time,with an emphasis on dialogue and a rollicking and inclusive storyline.

He wrote the novel beside the production process of the Nannup Clock and remembers when the project was in limbo. “The novel captures the drive and determination to build the biggest clock in the world,” he said.

Big Time was released online via Amazon and Kindle on January 1 and is stocked at Collins Bunbury and Barefoot Books Busselton.

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