SPINIFEX & SUNFLOWERS
Nick Harris has been drifting for years, until the day he finds himself amid red dirt and razor wire, a refugee-prison guard in a detention centre. Nick is no crusader and no bleeding-heart. He’s just a man in debt who needs a job.
Time passes slowly behind the wire, no matter who you are. To distract themselves, the asylum seekers tell Nick about their lives and cultures, and the families they have left behind. They steal from him with good humour, and swear at him with bad.
Nick breaks all the rules: slacking off when he guards the cordial machine, swimming with crocodiles, brawling with locals, romancing workmates. And then there is the cardinal sin—becoming friends with the detainees.
In Search of the Southern Continent
Antipodes: In Search of the Southern Continent is a new history of an ancient geography. It reassesses the evidence for why Europeans believed a massive southern continent existed, and why they advocated for its discovery. When ships were equal to ambitions, explorers set out to find and claim Terra Australis—said to be as large, rich and varied as all the northern lands combined. Antipodes charts these voyages—voyages both through the imagination and across the High Seas—in pursuit of the mythical Terra Australis. In doing so, the question is asked: how could so many fail to see the realities they encountered? And how is it a mythical land held the gaze of an era famed for breaking free the shackles of superstition? That Terra Australis did not exist didn’t stop explorers pursuing the continent to its Antarctic obsolescence, unwilling to abandon the promise of such a rich and magnificent land till it was stripped of every ounce of value it had ever promised. In the process, the southern continent— an imaginary land—become one of the shaping forces of early modern history.
NO TRENCH TO REST
Book 1 of the French Bastard
A Frenchman in the British Army fighting Germans on the Western Front? That’d be a bastard—the illegitimate son of the French President, forbidden by father to join the fray.
Under an assumed name, Michel joins anyway. Except now he cannot escape the war that follows every step of the way as he and Henry—his comrade in arms—seek rest and recuperation in the mountains.
Instead of wine and women, they find Germans and a secret plot to destroy France’s hub of munitions production. Cut off and outnumbered, they recruit a motley army comprising a women’s auxiliary and an old farmer with a big rifle and bad attitude.
There’ll be no rest for these soldiers, not until Michel and Henry go to war.
A cracking action–adventure story for fans of Flashman and The Guns of Navarone.
THIS KINGDOM OF MUD
Book 2 of the French Bastard
With no memory of the past twenty-four hours, Michel wakes to find himself trapped behind enemy lines. The whole area is set to be blown sky high by the British—dozens of mines filled with explosives honeycomb the land.
But Michel is going nowhere. He can’t talk. Can’t move. Can’t fight.
Axelle, a Belgian woman who takes pity, nurses Michel to health. But she has her own problems.
A German war hero wants her womanly virtue. An unhinged neighbor wants her land. And Axe? All she wants is justice for her dead parents, slaughtered as they slept.
Scores to settle. Wars to fight. There will be blood.
ALL THE SCORCHED EARTH
Book 3 of the French Bastard
When Michel returns from the hell of Belgium, his body and mind are a mess. He heads to the Alps to mend, where he realizes that despite no longer being a soldier, his war is not yet over. He becomes convinced that salvation lies in finding Maddy’s brother, Émile, in the Austrian POW camp of Boryslaw.
But what he finds there is not just Émile. Boryslaw is a major oil town integral to the German and Austrian war effort. Michel becomes convinced that for the sake of France, he must destroy it—the oil, the town and anyone or anything that stands in his way.