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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
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
Arrows from Wenzhou By David Lewis Paget
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If you'd like to know what it's like, living and working in China for twelve months, this is the book for you. Join the author on his forays into an alien culture, with no initial knowledge of the... More > language, and trying to deal in the most part with people who didn't speak his. Experience the frustration, the joys, the annoyances, the laugh out loud situations that arose on a regular basis, and by the time you've finished you'll want to go there yourself. Enjoy with him the downright good nature and generosity of the Chinese people, so little commented on in the west. Laugh along as you read student essays, in their desperate attempts to convert their 'Chinglish' into understandable English. There's much to recommend this book, even if it only helps to bridge the gap of misunderstanding between east and west. The book also contains the poetry that was inspired during the visit - you won't be disappointed.< Less
The Afterdeath By David Lewis Paget
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When James Coverleigh builds a huge mausoleum called 'Valhalla', and attempts to persuade people to give up the burial rite for a permanent place on a shelf, he stimulates the opposition into... More > pursuing their own ideas of new-style burial. Between them they manage to take the dignity out of dying, and turn the state of death into a circus. This is a bizarre foray into the unknown, an irreverent romp through those rituals and institutions we've always taken for granted. Guaranteed to shock, amuse and surprise. A novel of 320 pages.< Less
Dark Harbour By David Lewis Paget
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Any motorist, stopping for petrol in any South Australian country town, would expect to be welcomed with open arms - WRONG! - Any stranger, in any South Australian country town, could expect full... More > protection from the police - WRONG! - Any woman, visiting a friend at night, in any South Australian country town, could expect to get home again in one piece - WRONG! - Not if that town is DARK HARBOUR! JUST ASK DAMIEN CURTIS! When he pulls in to Dark Harbour late at night, looking for petrol, he meets a drunken driver side on, and watches as his precious possessions float away into the harbour. Forced to stay for the night, he soon discovers that the local inhabitants are more than unfriendly. From the publican to the local cop, he is given to understand that his presence is not welcome there, and in the following days he finds himself subject to all sorts of threats, and these have the effect of making him all the more determined to stay. This decision almost costs him his life.< Less
The Season of the Witch By David Lewis Paget
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This book is a collection of 30 of the Gothic Narrative Tales of the supernatural. These spine-chilling tales are related in perfect rhyme and metre, by Australian Poet David Lewis Paget. These... More > tales, scattered throughout his works have finally been brought together under one cover for the first time. Each poem was especially chosen for this book, to give the volume some sort of thematic continuity. For a work of 128 pages, this book is crammed full of tales that will either chill, amuse, or raise the hair on the back of your neck. They deal with events outside normal experience, and the only quality you as a reader are asked to bring to the party, is the willing suspension of disbelief. The book has been designed to be inexpensive, and as an introduction to David's work for those who have not yet had the pleasure of exposure to his Poetry. After reading these, you will probably agree with the majority who have stated - 'This work is addictive!'< Less
Butterflies By David Lewis Paget
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Perhaps your life is humdrum, banal or unimaginative. On your return from the daily ritual, you have nothing exciting to shake off that feeling of ennui. Well you have now, once you've taken the... More > plunge, and purchased this book. Whole new worlds will open before your eyes, characters and situations will enthrall and delight you. Improbable scenarios will light up your mind, and engage your imagination. Too good to be true? Not at all. These works, the latest in a series of narrative poems from the Australian Poet David Lewis Paget have been called brilliant and compulsive reading. None of your freeform psychobabble here. These are strange tales, conveyed in strict rhyme and metre from the eccentric mind of one of the greatest living storytellers. Sixty four of these tales are yours for the asking in this eleventh volume of his narrative works. Wipe the cobwebs off that wallet, and get your copy now! It won't break the bank.< Less
Smugglers Pie By David Lewis Paget
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The leading poem in this collection of twenty two narrative poems won the 2013 Kernewek Lowender Poetry Prize in the Copper Triangle of South Australia. ‘Smugglers Pie’ was the poem, and... More > so many people requested a copy that it was decided to put it out in a small book, complemented with another twenty poems about the sea, in some manner or form. The Kernewek Lowender, for the uninitiated, is the Cornish Festival, held every two years to celebrate the area’s history of copper mining. The theme for this year’s competition was ‘Smugglers and other Sinners’. Each poem in this slight volume is rendered in strict rhyme and metre by South Australian poet David Lewis Paget, well known on writing sites around the internet for his Gothic Narrative Verse. This book would make a nice gift for anyone with a yen for sea stories.< 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
The Storm & the Tall Ship Pier By David Lewis Paget
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This is the latest offering from the Master of the Macabre, 60 Gothic Narratives by Australian Poet David Lewis Paget. If you haven't come across these before, you're missing out. Guaranteed to raise... More > those fine hairs on the back of your neck, especially if you're reading at night, in a quiet gloomy house. You will find yourself getting up to double lock your doors and windows once you've sampled a few of these. Composed in perfect rhyme and metre, the rhythm will carry you along despite yourself, and may even match the beating of your heart. Your only complaint may be that each one ends before you're ready to let it go. But you will be drawn into the next, and then the next, before going apprehensively off to that dark bedroom, where the characters of these tales may dance in your dreams. So buy this book today, and make sure you read it before lending it out... because you'll never get it back!< Less