Sunday, October 28, 2012

DARK HEART, out now! Come, hear me speak!


Due out in November, 2012, but already finding its way onto book shelved, iPads and Kindles in various continents, here it is my ninth African novel, DARK HEART, set in Rwanda and South Africa.

As usual I'm hitting the road to promote the book's release in Australia and will be speaking at the following venues.  PLEASE CHECK TIMES AND DATES WITH THE ORGANISER/VENUE (gulp, as I have been known to make the odd mistake).

Friday 2nd November 2.30pm
St Ives Library
St Ives Shopping Village
166 Mona Vale Road
St Ives 
Contact:  Penny Xavier 02 94240452

Monday 19th November 6.30pm
Concord Library
60 Flavelle Street
Contact:  Bonnie Servo 0414 589458 

South Australia
Thursday 8th November 7.30pm
Marion Cultural Centre
287 Diagonal Road
Oaklands Park
Contact Jenny Newman 08 82710988

Friday 16th November 6.30pm
Creme Espresso
Westfield Centre
Shop 1108
Millaroo Dr
Contact: Benette Hibbins 07 55027744 

Saturday November 17, at 1pm.
Chermside Library, 
375 Hamilton Road, Chermside  
To book, phone: 07 3403 7200.

Tuesday 4th December 6.30pm
Waurn Ponds Library
140 Pioneer Road
Waurn Ponds
Contact:  03 52726010

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Q Blog, day 4

Click here to read the fourth instalment of my blog on Zimbabwe for my UK publisher, Quercus Books, to mark the UK release of the paperback version of AFRICAN DAWN.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Q Blog, Day 3

Here's the third episode of my blog on Zimbabwe, for Quercus Books (my UK publisher), to mark the release of the small paperback edition of 'African Dawn' in the UK market.

Day 2 of the Zimbabwe blog

Click here to read the second instalment on my recent trip to Zimbabwe on the Quercus Books (my UK publisher) blog.

Day 2 of the Zimbabwe blog

Click here to read the second instalment on my recent trip to Zimbabwe on the Quercus Books (my UK publisher) blog.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

One elephant, two elephant, three elephant...

I'm blogging again here at Africa Geographic Magazine about the Hwange Game Count, which I recently attended in Zimbabwe.  Have a look and leave a comment if you wish.

Monday, October 15, 2012

African Dawn paperback, out now in the UK!

Good news if you live in the UK, the small paperback of my last book, 'African Dawn' is now available.

To mark the release I'm guest blogging on the Quercus Books blog here.

Please feel free to leave a comment, as I like the good people at Quercus to think I have a few readers.

More news soon!

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Found: one battlefield and a new book!

It’s not often I have real news here on the blog nor, for that matter, do I often post anything at all here.  But all that is about to change Legion of Fans (LOF) – starting right now.

I have a new non-fiction book out in Australia!

It’s called the Lost Battlefield of Kokoda and I co-wrote it with a top bloke and ex Australian Army Commando named Brian Freeman.  My name’s not on the book, but I did write it, honest.

The Lost Battlefield, which was released in Australia while I was in Zimbabwe a couple of weeks ago, is the story of how the people of the tiny village of Alola on the Kokoda Trail in Papua New Guinea revealed a secret to Brian that had been protected by generation after generation for seventy years.

Brian had been escorting treks on the trail (or track as people call it these days) for many years and in that time had built up a rapport with a family in Alola.  Such was their respect for them that one day his friend Kila Eleve revealed the location of a major battlefield that had been lost in time since 1942.

Like a modern day Indiana Jones Brian and his escorts hacked their way through the jungle to come across an amazing complex of more than 300 Japanese foxholes that had been taken by the Australians in the tumultuous battle of Eora Creek.

Contemporary maps and history books since had placed most of the fighting close to the Eora Creek river crossing on the Kokoda Trail.  What Brian discovered, however, with the help of the people of Alola and team of archaeologists, was that the main battle took place high up in the hills above the river crossing, much further away than the original maps indicated.

The lost battlefield was on traditional hunting lands of the people of Alola and, as such, was inaccessible to tourists or historians until the locals took a big leap of faith and showed it to Brian.

Brian and his friend the high profile Aussie businessman David Moffat got together to set up a trust that will hopefully see the battlefield enshrined as a national monument, and allow the people of Alola to benefit from limited access to it in the future.

For the non-Aussies out there, the Kokoda campaign has momentous historical and emotional significance to many Australians.  It’s where the seemingly unstoppable Japanese military advance was finally checked, in 1942.  In fact, as we point out in the book, the battle of Eora Creek, on the site of the ‘lost battlefield’ was the first time in the war that Japanese soldiers were seen to throw down their weapons and run away.

I had a great time drinking with Brian... err, I mean researching and writing this amazing story, and I hope you like it.  If not, then direct your negative feedback to Brian, as his name’s on the cover, not mine.

In other news, the clock is ticking away... the launch of my ninth novel, ‘Dark Heart, is imminent.  Stay tuned