“Fatal Empires” is an epic set in the Pacific and the colony of Queensland in the latter part of the 19th century, when European empires were grabbing the rest of the world. Racism was an acute problem at that time (and still is today, in different contexts).
“As Though Everything Depended on Me” was the slogan of Kurt Lenz, a courageous German journalist battling against rising nationalism and chauvinism in interwar Germany. If there had been some thousands with the same motivation, maybe Hitler would never have taken over.
If Jesus was not divine, but had extraordinary powers of healing, how could that be? Read about it in “Reluctant Messiah”.
“Soaring with Cockatoos” tells of the gallant but ultimately futile resistance of an Aboriginal tribe led by a charismatic young man to European invasion in the 1880’s. If historical injustice doesn’t bother you, this is not a book for you.
“The Photo Album” is a 2-volume work portraying the life of an Australian family over three generations starting at the outbreak of World War II. Each of the characters is a genuine individual, but their lives are of course effected by local and world events. Tragedy and humour are part of life.
“Paradise Stolen” tells of the fate of the Tasmanian Aborigines. A tragic story relieved only by irony and unintended humour. A story of betrayed trust, of arrogant ignorance such as can be observed today in e.g., Brazil.
“Love Amid the Ruins” tells the story of an unlikely love affair set against the background of the dying Soviet Union. In 1991 almost everyone felt “something has to happen” — and it did, but not the way anyone planned. The unsuccessful putsch was largely a television event, as portrayed in the novel.
A journalist suffering a nervous breakdown … a disillusioned priest … a corrupt head of state … Pacific islanders with a harmonious lifestyle … an unscrupulous corporation putting profit ahead of the islanders’ welfare … an attractive young woman half-European, half-Polynesian … discussions on religion and politics … it’s all there in “God Has No Church”.
“Fatal Empires” depicts the period of the 19th century when European powers were colonising the rest of the world. Today it is difficult to recall how different the world was then, and how open racism was the norm.
Most of us can no longer accept the supposed divinity of Jesus. So what was he really like? What stages of development did he go through? What made him so charismatic? Read all about it in “Reluctant Messiah”.