Title: Lavender Skies
Following the premature death of his father Jack carries a heavy burden to keep the hopes and aspirations of his small town alive by finding the elusive riches rumoured to exist in the Yankee Lode mine. The mine is alleged to be jinxed after claiming all too many lives including that of his close father John. Yet this honest and hard- working miner struggles against adversity to prove the community wrong to win his bride to be, Margaret the daughter of a most influential family in the district, the Tilley’s. Their two worlds are about to collide in an explosive narrative of retribution, corruption, romance, suicide, snake bites, courage, mass murder and rape. Margaret’s father Edward Tilley will stop at nothing to retain his reputation, attain more wealth or eliminate those who stand in his way.
Set against a picturesque backdrop of the New England Tablelands this novel immerses the reader in a time where our pioneering forefathers battled against starvation and all the elements Mother Nature could throw at them as the searched for the unfound riches in the soil.
Previous senior media executive with News Limited, Fairfax, PMP Limited, Australian Federal Police Officer serving in the Drugs Squad, Diplomatic and Consular Squad, Prime Minister’s Security for Malcolm Fraser (along with being assigned to security for Vice President George Bush). Numerous board positions and directorships. Love of Australian outback.
‘Lavender Skies displays a love of Australian history and a good yarn. The author has clearly immersed himself in the local history of this region and the nation,’ Brian Cook, The Manuscript Appraisal Agency.
‘I read your book and was very impressed. You are definitely a writer and your work deserves exposure to main stream publishers,’ acclaimed author Peter Watt.
Marketplace Comparison: Cry of the Curlew -Peter Watt. Barra Creek –Di Morrissey. A Fortunate Life- A B Facey. Australians- Thomas Keneally. For the Term of his natural Life- Marcus Clarke.
Intended audience: Lovers of early Australian Folklore, Australian History, Mining, Bush Rangers, Australian Pioneers
Published: 9 June 2016