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Pick Up the Pearl By Pat McGowan
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Pick up the Pearl started as an homage to tai chi. Noticing that those with a passion for tai chi or other wu shu and related arts are so deeply involved in their subject, often so immersed in the... More > present moment with their pursuit, so passionately heeding its call, they can easily forget that those outside their own circle know little of the richness of what it is they are experiencing, tai chi enthusiast, Pat McGowan, decided to capture a few of these moments and experiences in verse form for others to enjoy and appreciate. You don’t have to love poetry and books to marvel at how the mystery of a character and story can be sketched in a mere one or two hundred words, in many cases to convey timeless truths and perspectives in new ways. And why, he asks, not use our language, put it to work and communicate better with those around us, not just for information purposes, but for the lovely thoughts, concepts and mindspaces. So this is a book for the lifetime wu shu-er as well as the idly curious.< Less
Ride a White Mare By Pat McGowan
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Marco Gentolini first discovers jade when he visits a Buddhist Temple in Bendigo. This place houses the largest carving of a single piece of gem quality jade in the world. The jade was imported and... More > Marco is curious why Australian jade wasn't used. As a student journalist, he decides the story behind jade in Australia may be worth telling. On his way to the jade made in Cowell, Marco takes on Tom Owen as a passenger, a man wounded from life, caught up in the past perhaps, but still eager to live well. As Marco and Tom seek out key people and key places in the jade game in Australia, they hear whisperings that naturally occuring white jade may indeed exist in Australia. Their quest soon becomes far more earnest. Their odd chemistry allows them to follow a trail of clues towards a supposedly impossible goal. They meet dead ends and false trails, but between the two of them, they refuse to give up.< Less
Jade is My Stone By Pat McGowan
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Shipton Kingsgate is obsessed with jade. this is Shipton’s crazy quest for his own special piece of this stone, even as the whole world, including the government, the markets, his ex-wife, even... More > his own judgement, seem to conspire against him. This is a novel written for the love of it, for the joy of writing. The author, Pat McGowan, loves jade and so jade is what he has chosen to write about. ‘I wanted to write about a beautiful subject and I chose the illustrious object, jade,’ he says.< Less
Mostly Friday Nights By Pat McGowan
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What happened on Friday nights in the Sydney suburbs in the seventies? Read these stories about Campbell and his mates from Campbelltown, told in the style of The Adventures of Don Juan though with... More > not so many heroes. 'Was one Friday night, talk about hairy: Campbell and I had trekked out to Appin, scored an invite to a birthday party, by chance after meeting our mad mate, Stefan...'< Less
Splitting Apart By Patrick McGowan
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A novel set in 2019 about the hypothetical breakup of the Russian Federation, though it could be taken as a cycle of six short stories with each story told by a different character. The story... More > reflects the diversity of voices working in the Australian public service today with the sections building to reveal the story of a looming geopolitical crisis, not to mention the meltdown taking place inside the office where the web of relationship between six colleagues drives us to ponder the nexus between the individual and broader social events occurring across the globe.< Less
The Shades of Paracelsus By Patrick McGowan
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Anna Waters, 17, a smart girl from a good home, has a passion for natural medicine. Inspired by a medieval miracle worker, she wants to bring the people of her town to better ways of living. Al... More > Flanagan, 24, a smooth talking and super ambitious businessman, works for a multinational pharmaceutical company. He’s not going to let some reckless young schoolgirl threaten his market share or career path. But how far will he go to protect his patch? We all wish every David could overcome their Goliath. But let’s not get too romantic about this; sometimes the Davids of this world are just not patient or clever enough, or perhaps the Goliaths are just too strong. Hmmm. ‘The Shades of Paracelsus’ is also a novel about place. It explores the Illawarra region of Australia, a place where the abrupt and unarguable logic of the escarpment meets the tireless expanse of sapphire waters of a pacific ocean. See how this place shapes the thinking of its people. NOTE: THIS IS A GALLEY PROOF EDITION< Less
The Shades of Paracelsus By Patrick McGowan
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Anna Waters, 17, a smart girl from a good home, has a passion for natural medicine. Inspired by a medieval miracle worker, she wants to bring the people of her town to better ways of living. Al... More > Flanagan, 24, a smooth talking and super ambitious businessman, works for a multinational pharmaceutical company. He’s not going to let some reckless young schoolgirl threaten his market share or career path. But how far will he go to protect his patch? We all wish every David could overcome their Goliath. But let’s not get too romantic about this; sometimes the Davids of this world are just not patient or clever enough, or perhaps the Goliaths are just too strong. Hmmm. ‘The Shades of Paracelsus’ is also a novel about place. It explores the Illawarra region of Australia, a place where the abrupt and unarguable logic of the escarpment meets the tireless expanse of sapphire waters of a pacific ocean. See how this place shapes the thinking of its people. NOTE: THIS IS A GALLEY PROOF EDITION< Less
TAO: Total Person And One World By Patrick McGowan
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This is a book about the joy of healthy living through simple, natural means. It's a compilation of writings by tai chi enthusiast, Patrick McGowan, over twelve years. The book contains a lot of... More > practical information for self help health care, covering tai chi health exercise and meditation, natural healing and taoist natural philosophy. This book complements "Tales of the Bear, the Dragon and Other Wondrous Creatures", a collection of travel stories to various parts of the world written over the same time period. There is significant reference to the essential teachings of Simon Lim, teacher and healer, who taught tai chi and conducted a natural healing clinic in the Sydney region from the 1970s until his recent retirement.< Less
Tales Of The Bear, The Dragon And Other Wondrous Creatures By Patrick McGowan
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“Tales of the Bear, The Dragon and Other Wondrous Creatures” is a collection of travel newsletters written by Australian adventurer, Patrick McGowan, from 1998 to 2006. Friends and... More > family urged him to share his newsletters more widely. During these years he worked in Russia and China and seized the opportunity to visit many places far from home. Here is a sometimes whimsical but always informative account of some of the favourite places he has lived and visited. This includes his series on the five sacred Taoist mountains of China (Wu Yue). While the focus is on travel in Russia and China, there are tales of visits to many European destinations, Africa, and even a few Australian destinations such as Kakadu National Park and Lightning Ridge. 116 pages.< Less
The Drain Brains By Patrick McGowan
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The darkies: untold kilometres of storm water drains under the town. With special places like the Cathedral and the Concrete Palace, it is a world of mystery and wonder for kids who love to... More > explore. The Drain Brains: a secret gang of high school kids who seek their adventure in the darkies. But they never go in there alone. And never when it rains. Fish: the most unpopular member of the gang. Sometimes he can be a real idiot. He breaks every rule you could imagine and soon ends up in deep trouble. Can Fish be saved? Or will he pay the ultimate price for being an idiot? Can the Drain Brains remain a secret as they struggle to save Fish? And can they win against the vile and evil thing they call the Bog Monster? Read the Drain Brains!< Less