TONY BROOKS ... Australian Author & Writer

Tony Brooks was born in England in 1937. School, and two years in the Royal Navy, was followed by teacher training. A further year at the Sorbonne in Paris, and he began ten years as a qualified teacher in secondary and primary schools. in the UK, and after emigration in 1971, another ten years in Australia. After resigning on health grounds, he began to write in many different genres. Over the following years the author has completed seven novels, collections of short stories and poems, and seen several of his stage plays produced at the Adelaide Festival, one of which gaining a major award. He has performed a number of major roles in theatre, film and radio.

Brett Doering conceived the original idea from which the novel was developed, and has provided extensive research into the experiences of the Chinese miners at the time.


    SEEKING THE BLACK SMOKE  Published 2017 CUSTOM BOOKS Noveletta imprint

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He drew himself up straight; no, he would not fear the mythical beasts, or the dominance of his father’s authority. He was a man and must now firmly say what he felt to be right. He reached for the for the brass tongue of the dragon forming the knocker, but the great door drew slowly back. Lieu Fong was there, smiling encouragement as he gestured him into the great chamber of the mansion.

The beautifully tessellated floor ran away into the distance, and seemed to make the long room appear even bigger than it actually was.

Huge windows dominated the far wall and the rays that poured through them lent a glowing brilliance to the dais in front. The ornate chair in which the merchant sat was bathed in light and dominated the space creating the powerful impact of a royal throne room.

Hung Mi gazed down at his second son;. He smiled, taking a moment to appreciate the bright, intelligent qualities that marked the young man’s features.

This was a concubine’s son to be proud of …


 Published: 19 December 2017
Released March 2018
ISBN 978-1505231151

PRINT Format:6"x9" 153 x 229 mm 
US Trade Paperback
Extant 193pp 
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