Thursday, 30 January 2020

First reactions are in for my new book. And they're brilliant.

Two important and discerning early readers have posted brilliant reviews of my new book, The Boys and Men of Auckland's Mickey Rooney Gang. 

'To understand the shape of the real Auckland of the 50s this is a truly great reveal. Loved it.'
Sir Bob Harvey

'I loved this book. Superbly drawn characters and a clever, interwoven plot make for compulsive reading with a few shocking surprises. Ten out of ten. But not for the faint-hearted.' 
Lel Scott, Director, PublishMe self-publishing.

The Boys and Men of Auckland's Mickey Rooney Gang is available now from Kindle. Or you can order your paperback version from my website for delivery late February.    

Wednesday, 22 January 2020

NEW. 'The Boys and Men of Auckland's Mickey Rooney Gang'. KIndle version available NOW

I started it on 1 April, 2018. Now, after nearly two years work, my new book is finished. It's called The Boys and Men of Auckland's Mickey Rooney Gang and it's like nothing I've ever written before. It's off to the printer now and will soon be available from my website. Meanwhile the very affordable Kindle version is available now
Here's the cover and the back cover blurb: 
In a working-class suburb of Auckland, New Zealand, in 1957, eight mildly rebellious schoolboys, inevitably obsessed with sex, were attracted to the arrogant and thoroughly delinquent little Mickey Rooney whose fantastic dreams of Hollywood fame were to be his downfall.

It wasn’t a real gang, and it didn’t last long. It disintegrated after an obscene practical joke played by Mickey on the gang’s most vulnerable member. Meanwhile, though, the boys’ thoughts, conversations and actions, which were largely crude and obscene – as the thoughts, conversations and actions of boys and men often are – are faithfully reported here in plain and graphic language.

The book then follows the boys into manhood. Nine men. Nine lives involving love and romance, sadness and joy, success and failure, illness and death, drugs and vice, violence and crime, and murder.

Nine men with nothing in common but the teenage year they wasted in Mickey Rooney’s gang.