born author & writer
2008, the Author published his debut crime novel, The
award-winning topical crime thriller has recently been
released in an updated edition - All The Cardinal's Men.
By then writing fulltime, this book was followed by the
intriguing story of the robbery of the icon of the art world,
the Mona Lisa based partially on fact - Mona Lisa-The
Virgin Mother. Soon followed by a sequel, Curse
of the Diamonds, winner of the 2012 Asian Editors
Choice Award, and currently a bestseller in publication
in four countries.
His abiding interest in historical fiction continues with The
Emigrants. first published as an omnibus edition in 2010.
Expanded to a series, the first volume – The Brothers
Five – was published in both print and eBook formats in
2012. Gold & Glory – was printed in 2015
with the final volume – The Sisters Three – to
complete the trilogy.
Extensively travelled, with a close knowledge of much of
Europe and Asia, his stories continue to possess an affinity
with their locales. A sequel to Curse of the Diamonds, set in
England and Europe, is currently a work in progress.
EMIGRANTS: The Brothers Five
- Book One of a trilogy published 2011 CUSTOM BOOKS
Comments & Reviews
challenging story of emigration to the colonies... and
crime. Unique story telling... a thrilling tale of life in the
middle 1800’s.' Peter Powditch, Sunday Telegraph
book sets the basis for the series, giving backgrounds for all
the families involved. I look forward to the next instalment.
Great historical fiction ... I could be right there.
Natalie Turner, Amazon
really enjoyed reading this book but I wish I had known
the next two books have not yet been published. Now I'm waiting to
find out what happens to multiple characters, but I guess that
means the author engaged me with the story.
Nancy Vendrill, USA
this book, cannot wait for Book Two of the Trilogy. Wonderful
characters, wonderful story. J J Barrie is a very good writer.
good book, easy to read and an excellent author. Have read
this writer before and have always enjoyed it. Buy it now!
S Cotton, Amazon, USA
of the best books I have read in a while. The reality is
superb; I was back there with them - with their trials and
tribulations, wealth and penury... It is a long time
since a book earned four and a half of the best. John Salter,
The ancient town of Southampton was not always a haven for the detritus of the Anglo-Saxon people.
By 1850, the once pretty seaside had become a major emigrant port.
Huge timber wharves replaced the stony beaches.
Warehouses, bawdy houses, brothels, bars and inns provided refuge to manner of crooks to sell their wares or ply their trades.
Men were robbed or shanghaied, women raped or kidnapped -- there was nothing that could not be bought, begged, stolen or sold along the waterfront.
Filth, garbage and open sewers discharged into the previously pristine, deep waters of the river. A forest of masts from all over the world substituted for the tall trees of yesteryear.
Ships invariably departed with a largely human cargo. The wretches for transport to the colonies as convicts
had been chained in long sad rows, hands secured to hands, legs to legs, shuffling forward to some unheard cadence.
Now the human exodus was
voluntary but no less sad, leaving their loved ones for the uncertainties of the colonies as emigrants.
for many, the only differences were the lack of chains and the crack of the cat-o-nine tails.
Published October 2011
Fourth Edition Published 2014
ISBN 978 1481284066
Format:153 x 229 mm
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EMIGRANTS - GOLD & GLORY BOOK
TWO Published 2014 CUSTOM BOOKS imprint
EMIGRANTS has all the crime, action, suspense and romance of
the best-selling novel tempered with the realism of the true
story of the stoicism of the lower classes making up most of
the emigrants - and the foundation of the colonies. Nearly
half the English- speaking world is directly related to the
greatest diaspora in recent history.
The reality is that they are the result of the new start in
life that their forebears sought and for which they
suffered. My own forebears, and maybe yours, were one such emigrant
family - this is their story.
THE EMIGRANTS: GOLD
and the tyranny of distance was the real problem for the colony
of New South Wales. Distance limited the how far wheat, the most valuable of the
farm crops, could be transported but it was generally no more
than thirty or forty miles.
fattened on the lush pastures of the coastal ranges, walked to
market losing a little fat but the beef the small population
could consume, was limited. While hides were exported back to
England by the thousand, it was not a proposition to raise
cattle for skins alone.
sheep were valuable enough to show a profit – a ton of wool
worth ten times that of a ton of wheat. Wool could afford the
cost of transport to the ports, and across the world where
growing markets, created by the woollen mills of England and
Europe, had an insatiable appetite for the fleece. Flocks of
sheep doubled every few years but needing huge acreages, most
squatted their flocks as settlers claimed larger and larger
tracts of the colony.
'A challenging story
of emigration to the colonies... and crime.'
The bullock driver brought the bales after shearing down dusty
bush tracks to the Sydney merchants, sometimes hundreds of
miles. Swaying from side to side, with wheels creaking,
accompanied by a volley of strange oaths and the sharp crack
of the stock whip, the monstrous beasts strained at their
yokes with the attendant kelpies nipping their heels. Close to
the near wheel walked the driver, tall and broad-shouldered
– a sunburnt care-worn man with long shaggy hair covered by
a grubby, wide brimmed, sweat-marked hat. A months beard
covered his dusty face. Dressed in the trademark dark blue
cotton shirt with sleeves rolled to the shoulders of his
browned, hairy arms, coarse moleskin trousers and calf-half
leather boots completed his uniform. A wizened man, more
shabbily dressed in much the same gear, trotted along the off
side. With three mongrel dogs chained under the back axle of
the dray, another load of the golden fleece was off to market.
The hard-working pioneer squatter won in time. Some even
became extremely wealthy, and understandably possessive of
their lands. Against the world trend, many sought to continue
the transportation of convicts providing cheap labour. Failing
in these endeavours, the emigrants changed the balance,
supplying the lifeblood of the colony – labour.
Then they found gold...
'Unique story telling... a thrilling tale of life in the 1800’s.'
Published September 2014
Format:153 x 229 mm
US Trade Paperback
Final volume in writing.
The Sisters Three
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