NON-FICTION

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TONY ABBOTT AND THE TIMES OF REVOLUTION

The author intertwines three themes: 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); what it means to be a philosophical conservative in a leftist world; and 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. Tony Abbott becomes a vehicle through which the author expresses his critique of the student rebellion. Revised 2020 with an appendix added.

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Review Michael Gilchrist, News Weekly
Review Ross Fitzgerald Quadrant
Discussion Alan Jones and Ross Fitzgerald

Review James Murray Annals

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PRISON HULK TO REDEMPTION: A HISTORY OF A CATHOLIC FAMILY: PART ONE 1788-1900
SECOND EDITION
Published November 2020

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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WAR DEPRESSION WAR
A History of a Catholic Family Part 2 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.

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ME AND PETE: Recalling a Fifties’ Childhood:
A History of a Catholic Family Part 3 1946-53

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Non-Fiction titles in progress

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The Wilson Family History series:
Book 4: 1955-1958 – Billycarts & Two-Wheelers  no pub. date.

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Out-of-print titles:

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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Writer … and still in the fifties