Vigil

Published: May 29, 2019

These fifteen stories range in time from contemporary Australia to sixties Britain, in location, from Morocco’s Atlas Mountains to France.

In the title story, Vigil, a woman sits each day at the bedside of her comatose former lover as he clings to life, her only consolation in the long hours of watching and waiting are the novels of Leo Tolstoy, and food.

In Beloved Man, a lonely and socially inept bachelor living in the outer suburbs of Sydney seeks companionship on an internet dating site, with shattering consequences when he chooses a Russian bride.

In Deep End, Danny and Michael, two rascally young sons of a single mother in England in the fifties, have their first encounter with love at a crowded swimming pool during a heatwave.

The admirer of an Aboriginal writer makes a pilgrimage to the author’s home to talk about her latest book and ends up with a dead dog in his arms when he becomes involved in a bizarre burial in the dark comedy, The Dog.

Youssef, a 13-year-old Moroccan boy who is a small for his age, is forced by an aunty to accompany her to the females only session at the bathhouse so she can save money, resulting in a humiliating and hilarious encounter that plagues him the rest of his life.

Some of the tales in Vigil are sad, some are funny, some are both, all are full of humanity and a love for life.


meridian-ebook-coverMeridian

Published: November 13, 2015

Time. The past. The present. The future. This collection of stories, Meridian, is loosely grouped around time.

A woman sits in a cafe which has a clock with only one hand and reflects how she tried to cheat time to save the life of her daughter and son-in-law.

Two young brothers test each others’ courage as they stand by a flickering fire in a dark room, looking into a mirror, waiting in fear for the devil.

Time is running out for a man waiting anxiously at a secret rendezvous for his illicit lover.

A woman balances on the edge of a balcony a noose around her neck, preparing to jump.

Elderly brothers from opposite ends of the world meet after decades of separation and talk of what they won, what they lost.

A young and homesick immigrant tries to find his way in a new world.

A couple visiting Cambodia’s famous Angkor ruins come face to face with the country’s more recent violent history in a shock confrontation.

An aspiring author meets one of his literary heroes, then waits and hopes for an answer to his “What if?” moment of fantasy.

These are some of the stories that span half a century and half a world.

Meridian is available as Print on Demand from Book Depository, which is by far the cheapest, or from CreateSpace, Amazon and others, and as an ebook on  Smashwords, and others.


on-the-run-ebookOn the Run

Published: October 25, 2014

On the Run is set in Sydney and the Australian outback. It is as up to the moment as todays news. A fast-paced story of love, loyalty, betrayal, and flight from injustice. Against a background of potential terrorism, Lexie Love is forced to face up to the challenge of loyalty to her friend, Hakim Masud, as they flee the city into a country hideout, pursued by police and a hostile media.

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