Inspired by true events, this is a story about eighteen-year-old Bluey Guthrie who, in 1948 leaves his family to take the job of a lifetime on a remote island in the Central Pacific. Bill and Isobel, seasoned ex-pats help Bluey fit in to a privileged world of parties, dances and sport.
However, the underbelly of island life soon draws him in. Bluey struggles to understand the horrors left behind after the Japanese occupation, the rising fear of communism, and the appalling conditions of the Native and Chinese workers. All this is overseen by the white Colonial power brutalising the land for Phosphate: the new gold.
Isobel has her own demons and watches as Bill battles to keep growing unrest at bay. Drinking and gambling are rife. As racial tensions spill over causing a trail of violence, bloodshed and murder, Bluey is forced to face the most difficult choices of his life.
The book can be purchased as a paperback or ebook at Amazon ( see link) below.
It is also available on KOBO as an ebook.
Reviews and Feedback
I’ve been touched by the many email messages and feedback on Goodreads and Amazon and thank everyone for their support. Here is a small sample.
Sam says . . .
“Just writing to tell you that I really enjoyed reading your book.
You evoke the world of your story really nicely and clearly with imagistic writing, the best kind, which is concise, without being vague or flowery. Though, there are quite a few nice poetic descriptive sentences scattered throughout, but I think you make sure they don’t hold up the rhythm of the narrative. Well I should say narratives, a couple of first persons, Ben and Isobel. I like this as it evokes a feeling that life can be approached from lots of angles. Everyone’s got their version of what’s going on! Ben who doesn’t like to be called Bluey, is a very likable main character, that one finds very easy to care about, and one wants to know how things turn out for him.. Actually I enjoyed the fact that it was never predictable to me, and you imaginatively avoided clichés.