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A kangaroo loose is a peculiarly Australian term. "He's got a kangaroo loose in the top paddock" is a way of saying, "he's not quite right in the head", "two bob short of a pound" or  "a screw loose".

While the term is only occasionally used these days, it was the title of a book by the also oddly named Lachlan Ness. A Kangaroo loose in the top paddock was the title of Lachlan's first book in which he gives a humorous account of his first year as a young Presbyterian minister in a small rural town in New South Wales, Australia. In this little town, Lachlan encounters all the local identities who add colour and humour to his new life. Lachlan later wrote "A Kangaroo Loose in Shetland" which illustrates his encounters many years later in this remote group of islands in the North Atlantic - a very long way from New South Wales.

"A kangaroo loose" came to represent for me, the willingness to strike out and do something different and challenging. 

While many authors and writers are very good at the creative work of writing a novel, poem or short story, they are bewildered when it comes to presenting their work for publishing, particularly if they want to self-publish. So if you want to set the kangaroos loose and write your masterpiece, we will set ours loose and prepare a book you can be proud of.

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