Three Dollars (novel)

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Three Dollars

Picador 1998 ElliotPerlman ThreeDollars Cover.jpg

Cover of 1998 Picador edition
Author Elliot Perlman
Cover artist Bland Design
Country Australia
Language English
Genre Novel
Publisher Picador
Publication date
Media type Print (Paperback)
Pages 381pp
ISBN 0-330-42167-0
OCLC 156765358

Three Dollars is a 1998 novel by Australian writer Elliot Perlman. [1] It is his first published novel. A movie of the same name based on the novel was released in 2005.

Novel narrative text, normally of a substantial length and in the form of prose describing a fictional and sequential story

A novel is a relatively long work of narrative fiction, normally written in prose form, and which is typically published as a book.

Elliot Perlman is an Australian author and barrister. He has written three novels, one short story collection and a book for children. He has been called a post-grunge lit writer, a reference to his works being written following the 1990s genre of grunge lit.

<i>Three Dollars</i> 2005 film by Robert Connolly

Three Dollars is a 2005 Australian film directed by Robert Connolly and starring David Wenham, Sarah Wynter, and Frances O'Connor. It was based on a novel of the same name by Elliot Perlman. It won the 2005 Australian Film Institute Award for Best Adapted Screenplay.


Plot summary

The novel is set in Melbourne. The first-person narrator, Eddie Harnovey, is a chemical engineer, married to Tanya, an aspiring but ultimately uncontracted political science academic. Eddie is from middle class origins, his father being a clerk for a local council. His childhood friend Amanda, however, was a class above them. As a chemical engineer, her father wore starched cotton shirts while Eddie's father wore drip-dry poly-cotton shirts. Amanda's family banned Eddie from meeting her. Nevertheless, Eddie meets Amanda every nine and half years. The next time is as undergraduates, where Eddie notices her in a queue for more fashionable food than he is in the queue for. The next time is as fellow shoppers in a department store, as Eddie looks for formal wear for his marriage to Tanya. The next time he meets her is in much straitened circumstances. Downsized, jobless, and with only three dollars in his bank account, Eddie skips an appointment with Amanda - now an employment consultant - and ends up beaten unconscious protecting a friend of a now indigent man Eddie befriended while still solvent. Eddie's report on Amanda's father's smelter expansion was the reason Eddie was downsized. Amanda identifies Eddie from the appointment card he had in his shirt pocket.

Movie adaptation

In 2005, the novel was adapted to a movie of the same name.

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  1. Minshull, Rob (11 November 2011). "Three Dollars by Elliot Perlman". 612 ABC Brisbane . Australian Broadcasting Corporation . Retrieved 20 October 2013.