Me looking pensively relaxed, Wellington
I'm a writer. These are my two books:

The Mannequin Makers: a novel
US cover
Released: NZ/Australia: 2013, Romania: 2016, US: Dec 2017
Pages: 336
Death count: heaps (when a story spans 100-odd years, people are bound to die - some of them violently)
Sex scenes: three (two are quite dodgy)
Time period: 1859-1974 (but the important years are 1889-92, 1902-03 and 1919)
Settings: Marumaru, the banks of the River Clyde in Scotland, a clipper ship at sea, Melbourne, the Antipodes Islands, Dunedin, the North Otago/South Canterbury hinterland, Collaroy Beach in Sydney.
[More details on the dedicated The Mannequin Makers page.]

A Man Melting: short stories

Released: 2 July 2010
Pages: 320
Stories: 18
Death count: three (two main characters and a hitchhiker)
Sex scenes: one or two (nothing major)
Settings: Edinburgh, Zanzibar, the banks of the Manawatu River, on the way to Motueka, New Plymouth, Boston, Sausalito, Sydney, Stellenbosch, the Scottish Borders, Lambton Quay, the wop-wops, a boys high school, a North Island fly fishing mecca, an office building (or three) and Guayaquil, Ecuador (list not exhaustive).
[More details on the dedicated A Man Melting page.]

and as a bonus...

You can buy my short story, 'Facing Galapagos', as a stand-alone eBook.

It's not every day you receive an email at work from someone claiming to be 'the' Charles Darwin. But when David Leon emails back, little does he suspect that before long he would be heading to Ecuador, or indeed that he would be mugged by a man wielding an iguana like a sawn-off shotgun.

But what has David really gone in search of? This wry, whimsical story is refreshingly different and thought-provoking.

[More details here]

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