WAR DEPRESSION WAR
Part Two of a Family History 1901-1945
The family story continues from 1901 following the joys and tragedies of the family lines through World War I, the Great Depression, to the end of War World II when the author’s parents built their first house in Lane Cove a lower north shore suburb. (The cover features the author’s Grand Uncle Leo). Ebook Pub. 1 Oct 2019. Paperback to follow later.
TONY ABBOTT AND THE TIMES OF REVOLUTION
This is a book with three intertwined themes. First, it is about the character of former Prime Minister Tony Abbott as displayed in his fearless no-holds battle with the far-left radicals at Sydney University (1976-1980). Second, it is about what it means to be a philosophical conservative in a leftist world.. Third, it is about the author’s critique of the student rebellion and the radicalism driving it. The author lived through the tumultuous years of the 1960s and 1970s revolution.
PRISON HULK TO REDEMPTION: PART ONE OF A FAMILY HISTORY 1788-1900
The author undertakes a journey with his ancestors through Australia’s colonial history – a history that hardly has its equal. He traces the cultural continuities of Australian society and shows where his ancestors fitted in. An important part of the story is the indispensable role the convicts played in establishing the Australian nation. Nine convict ancestors are found in the author’s line.
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THE CASTLE OF HEAVENLY BLISS
Book Three of the Winterbine Tetralogy
Gerda Vrouwendijk in disguise as teacher Edith Bicknell shows a keen interest in student Estella Winterbine, an interest only old-school Miss Barker and the local priest see. Despite Miss Barker’s and Fr van Engelen’s efforts to head off possible danger, Estella goes missing. With Gerda’s motivations still a mystery, former SAS officer Geoff Shawcross sets off in pursuit across the world. The background is the 1960s social upheaval and the revival of ancient Gnosticism . This is the third book in the Winterbine Tetralogy.
IN THIS VALE OF TEARS
Book Two of the Winterbine Tetralogy
Two young women enter a convent to dedicate themselves to the service of others. They submit to the rigours of religious formation, but it is not the demands of their training that disturb their ambitions. There is conflict and dissonant attitudes around them. They find themselves struggling with an evil spirit that seems to infect the convent community. The background is the 1960s social upheaval and the revival of ancient Gnosticism . This is the second book in the Winterbine Tetralogy.
THE WITCH HUNTERS
THE NOVEL satirises the way the media, big firm lawyers and sundry activists deal with clerical sexual abuse. It is a tale of outrageous hypocrisy that will sometimes make you laugh, sometimes cringe, and sometimes leave you appalled, but will always be ‘glittering’ in its satire, as one reviewer put it.
TIMES OF DISTRESS
Book One of the Winterbine Tetralogy.
Fr Jos van Engelen, a Dutch missionary priest, is recalled to Holland at the outbreak of World War II. He is involved in covert operations during which he meets Truus van den Donker and her occultist husband. It’s the beginning of a lasting relationship with Truus and a struggle with the occultist husband and their daughter Gerda. After the war, he has to deal with the aftermath of the Second Vatican Council. Anneke van Engelen, the priest’s niece, also has to contend with Gerda, She becomes involved in the 1960s counterculture movement with disastrous consequences.
Mabel Winston is the non-fiction Publishing Director in an international publishing house. She is attractive, confident, stylish, hardworking, a little aloof but appealing. Her personal relationships begin to fall apart when comes across Raf Donnelly whom she has not seen for some years. Raf and his twin sister Rebecca were close neighbours, Rebecca always sweet and affectionate but Raf sometimes like a caged animal for reasons she could never fathom.
The Wilson Family History series:
Book 3: 1946-1954 – Me ‘n’ Pete, pub. date late 2020. Info. here
Book 4: 1955-1958 – Billycarts & Two-Wheelers no pub. date.
Much of the two unpublished titles has already been written, the text being from the original family history title From Prison Hulk to Three bedroom House (now superseded). The text will be expanded with more detail and spread over the three periods.
The Media of the Republic
Gerard Charles (Wilson)
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The Telecard Affair:
Diary of a Media Lynching
Gerard Charles (Wilson)
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