- Winner: Queensland Premier’s Award for a Work of State Significance, 2018 Queensland Literary Awards
- Winner: USQ History Book Award, 2018 Queensland Literary Awards
- Shortlisted: The Courier-Mail People’s Choice Queensland Book of the Year Award, 2018 Queensland Literary Awards
‘This lively, often hilarious, at times chilling political and social history may be the first work to successfully define what it means to be that strange beast – a Queenslander. While the details of the exposition itself are skilfully told, it’s the other contextual forces – the politics of the time, the unfolding of the Fitzgerald Inquiry into police corruption, the whacky characters, the curious business decisions – whirling and eddying around Expo 88 that give this book its thrilling and lively edge. This is the quintessential Queensland story.’ -Matthew Condon, author of the Three Crooked Kings trilogy
‘Jackie Ryan shows there was so much more to Expo 88 than the tap dancers on the pink submarine floating down the Brisbane River. The rorts, the forced resumption of land, the political drama, the arguments, the wild ride to success. Jackie takes us back to that time, that place, and those people so that the memories jump off every page.’ -Hugh Lunn, author of Over the Top with Jim
‘This is a witty and astute study of an unlikely subject’ -Steven Carroll for ‘Spectrum’ in The Saturday Age (Melbourne) and Sydney Morning Herald
‘The story pulls us along on a journey of discovery every bit as compelling as a page-turning novel. At the same time, it is almost like a text book, forensic in its examination of the 1988 event that changed Brisbane forever.’ -Cass Moriarty, author of and The Promise Seed and Parting Ways. Full Review.