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I have written a great deal in my journey as a writer – it is my passion after all. Some of it won’t see the light of day, but some pieces have brought pleasure to readers in the past. Rather than leave them packed away in my library, I thought they could bring pleasure and enjoyment to more people, so that’s why I’m offering them here, for free.

What exactly are those pieces?

Well, I don’t want to spoil the surprise, but rest assured they’re good! I believe in publishing only quality work.

The 1st chapter of my novel Death of a Friend, available on Amazon in paperback or as an e-book, is here as a freebie: Chapter 1, Death of a Friend It’s a chance to sample the novel before you buy. That’s fair enough.

There’s a prize winning short story, Uncle Ross, produced and broadcast many, many times by Radio New Zealand and printed in the Best Australian Essays 2009. It is a true and moving story of a man’s suffering at the hands of a hard enemy. I like the fact that this Australian was in the New Zealand Army. I’ve always believed there is a special bond between these two nations. This is, in part, my salute to that belief.

There’s a novella of contemporary Australia – Storm – coming up. It is something of a crime puzzle but I hope it says much more than that. Every writer has ambitions and one of mine is to see this novella read in all the senior classes of Australia’s high schools. It’s relevant. What do you think?

Then there’s The Soccer Ball, a touching tale of an Irish priest who had to make a choice as a young man. That tale is set in the old capital of Fiji, a weather beaten town where I was privileged to spend seven years of my life.

But wait, there’s more! Seriously steak knives aren’t included, but a wealth of writing is. My aim is to provide great value for my readers and subscribers. It’s always my aim and you motivate me to keep striving to produce quality writing.

So if you’re interested in just getting a taster of my novel, or interested in getting the writings of a newly minted author, older, but still relatively newly minted, then just sign up.

And if you want to comment on the work to me, I’d be delighted to hear from you.

Do sign up, it’s my list, I don’t let anyone else do anything with it. Your details are safe with me.

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