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Tales of Wudgi Crossing By David Lewis Paget
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Beware! Do not read this book unless you are mentally stable and physically fit. The author and publisher accept no responsibility for medical bills relating to ruptured spleens, incontinent bladders... More > or psychiatric disorders arising as a result of ingesting the contents of these pages. This is not a novel, it is a black comedy, a series of stories with a common backdrop, the streets and swamps of Wudgi Crossing. This tiny South Australian town may be searched for unstintingly through the pages of any Gazetteer, the Mobil Series of South Australian Maps, or the murky depths of Arabella Silkenshanks hot nourishing broth. It will not be found. The South Australian Government has always blamed Wudgi Crossing on Victoria, or New South Wales, anyone but the real culprits who were Mick McGurk and his mate Jack Turnip, the latter of whom has a statue to his memory, sitting in a horse trough with a bucket on his head. So you can see what you’re letting yourself in for....< Less
Heaven's Ridge By David Lewis Paget
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Three women co-exist uneasily together at Heaven’s Ridge, in the far north of South Australia. The legatees of their Great-Great Grandfather Theodore Schuman, their one pursuit in life is to... More > discover the long lost fortune of their mining forefather. Over 120 years earlier he had gone to South Africa, with a view to dealing in diamonds at the great Kimberley mine. His trip ended badly with his body being returned to South Australia in a barrel of Port, his fortune missing in mysterious circumstances. The arrival of a stranger leads to the unraveling of a series of mysteries that have kept this family in thrall for generations, culminating in murder. David Lewis Paget is a South Australian Poet and Writer who has a number of Narrative Poetry books to his credit, and a previous novel called ‘The Afterdeath’. A student of human nature, his tales are eminently readable, both in Poetry and Prose.< Less
The Book on the Topmost Shelf By David Lewis Paget
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Each tale within these pages has unraveled slowly from some tightly rolled secret hoard, stored safely up in the dark locker of an over-active imagination. They descended to pen and keyboard as tiny... More > slivers of plot, character, background, lines, rhymes, imagery and shivery. I was the lucky one chosen to put all those pieces together in some comprehensible and entertaining fashion, that in some future time you, the reader, might pick up this book and read about your own foibles, dreams, schemes, and nightmares. You will meet long-lost friends in these pages, old lovers barely remembered except for the pain of partings, and perhaps darkly forgotten deeds that you had long ago hidden under the pillow of forgetfulness. Whatever you read here, I guarantee that you won’t be bored. 180 pages, 63 Poems, not to be read in the dark.< Less
Pen & Ink By David Lewis Paget
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This book contains forty years of poetry, from the very earliest beginnings, to the more accomplished work of later years. There was a lot of experimentation in those early years, feeling my way, so... More > to speak. The one constant is rhyme and metre. Even in the very few poems that may look as if they're free form, the metre is there, as is the rhyme. It is the very basis of what I believe poetry to be. At 450 pages, there is an entire life's work laid out here, and in chronological order, so that the reader may himself appreciate the gradual acquisition of skills and confidence. This volume will take you up to, and just short of the Narrative phase I entered from 2006, all of which work is represented in the titles: 'Timepieces', 'At Journey's End', 'The Demon Horse on the Carousel', and recently, 'Poems of Myth & Scare'. Forty years of love, pain, heartache and growth are represented here in 327 richly varied poems. Dip into it and enjoy the journey. David Lewis Paget.< Less
Timepieces - Poems Out of Time & Other Places By David Lewis Paget
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'Timepieces' is the first volume of Narrative Poetry in a series which began in 2006. This poetry was a departure from the introspective poems contained in 'Pen & Ink'. After 40 years of writing,... More > I decided that I needed a new mountain to climb, and this mountain was the narrative. I had always admired 'The Rime of the Ancient Mariner' by Coleridge, also 'Kubla Khan' and 'Christabel', unfinished though they were. 'The Raven', by Edgar Allan Poe is one of the greatest in the language, and 'The Highwayman' ranks right up there with it. I realised that most introspective poetry disappeared over time, but the narratives never do. They are welded to our DNA, and will still be read in 100 years. Thus it was that I began to write narratives, and after a very short time realised that I had finally found my niche. 'Timepieces' with 57 poems was the first volume, swiftly followed by 'At Journey's End', 'The Demon Horse on the Carousel', and 'Poems of Myth and Scare'. Let me take you for a ride... David Lewis Paget< Less
At Journey's End By David Lewis Paget
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Come along on another mind-bending ride with the master of twisted verse, Australian Poet David Lewis Paget. In this continuation of his narrative collection, 'Timepieces', these further tales have... More > lost nothing of the impact of the first collection, and indeed, further explore Gothic, fantasy and humorous themes. Ideal reading for cold winter evenings in darkened rooms. This edition has been extended to 256 pages, 70 poems, and is now available in print form through Lulu for the first time. The author has been likened to Edgar Allan Poe, and with good reason. For a quick thrill or a dark chill, this is the book for you.< Less
The Demon Horse on the Carousel - and Other Gothic Delights By David Lewis Paget
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Historically, Gothic tales involved castles,dungeons, helpless maidens,cruel tyrants and dwarves of evil intent. The acknowledged supremo in this field was of course, Edgar Allan Poe. Surrounded all... More > his life by women dying of consumption, and coughing blood, it's not surprising that he was so fixated on death and horror. This book deals with similar horrors, fantasies and tall tales in a poetic medium. They are works of imagination, designed to entertain and keep you glued to the edge of your seat. Readers have claimed these works to be addictive, that once begun, you can't tear yourself away. The 69 poems in this book have been specially chosen to represent the best of this type of genre. If you have a weak heart, don't read them in dark rooms with creaking doors, or if you do, make sure you have ambulance cover.< Less
The Red Knight By David Lewis Paget
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The Red Knight - is a long poem of over 1600 lines, designed as a companion piece to the Morte D’Arthur sequence by Malory. More especially, it is an adjunct to ‘Sir Gawaine and the Green... More > Knight’, the anonymous manuscript which follows the Arthurian legend, while not being strictly part of it. The Red Knight was my opportunity to add to the myth in the same way, thus offering those readers who are partial to knight’s tales and chivalrous deeds an opportunity to immerse themselves once more in a favourite landscape. The Battle of Maldon - is a free modern translation of a manuscript remnant found in the Cotton library, which describes a battle between the Anglo-Saxon farmers under Beorhtnoth, the Duke of Northumbria, and a band of Vikings who burned Ipswich in 991 A.D. and later landed near the Blackwater River, demanding arm rings for tribute. The story is set in that of the old Germanic Heroic mould, where a man would fight and die for his lord, or be dishonoured.< Less
Goblin Dell By David Lewis Paget
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Welcome to Goblin Dell, the repository for yet another collection of narrative poems from my pen, the thirteenth. Within this colourful Dell are the imaginative streams of an alternative world, a... More > world that we all visualise at times if only to escape the one we’re in. This new world of ours doesn’t adhere to the physical laws, rules and regulations that presently bind us. It transcends all that, being beholden only to the limits of our imaginations, taking us to distant countries and landscapes where we may meet the strange and untrammelled denizens of these regions without suffering their infections, or paying the price for their incapacities. Though they will fill your eyes and mind with the temporary shock of amazement, you will still be able to part from them, and find your way home, this I promise you. But I won't promise that you will get this book back if you lend it out....< Less
My China By David Lewis Paget
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The thirty four poems contained in this volume are reflective of what I observed in China between September 2005 and December 2006. Twenty three of them were written in China during that period, the... More > others after returning to Australia, and on reflection. The latter poems are fictional narratives, designed to entertain the reader. I wanted to collect them together in one edition so they could be read as a whole, rather than being interspersed with other poems not about China. I had no intention of passing any sort of judgement while writing these, neither blame nor praise. I was merely an observer, a 'Yang Wei', (foreign devil) from the west, taking my first look at the east, and liking what I found. The Chinese culture captured my heart, despite the poverty I could see around me. Their generosity overwhelmed me, their work ethic, their ability to enjoy life despite their poor conditions, and their artistic culture in art, dance and music was inspiring. Dedicated to my students and friends in Zhong guo.< Less