Characters – Turkeys Not Bees
Chance Finething has trained as a physicist and is employed in the petroleum industry until he studies phenomenology and the psychology of flow for a PhD.
Megan McLean is a champion pole-vaulter who becomes Chance’s girlfriend.
Hannah is Megan’s mother, a left-leaning magistrate.
Michael, Megan’s father, a right-leaning science teacher.
Jack Montand is Chance’s research supervisor.
Nick James is Chance’s oldest friend, an environmentalist and hippy.
Twyla is Chance’s first girlfriend, from Cape Verde.
Don is a friend doing a physics PhD with Chance.
Georgina works with Chance and is married to him briefly.
Penny is Megan’s twin sister, who plays cricket.
Lily is a friend of Megan and Penny.
Coach Adamson trains Megan at first.
Gordon Barker is a coach appointed to train the national pole vault squad.
Fred Emery is a friend of Chance and is rugby kicker for Australia.
Reginald Asquith is chairman of the Athletics Association and wants to change the rules of pole vault.
Quill is a lawyer who drafts new pole vault rules corruptly.