I was trying to convince a friend that he should write a book about his amusing experiences.

He was a builder and would relate the most incredible stories about building on the wrong block, about renovating a bank that collapsed on them, and so on.

“Is it a good idea,” he questioned, “to end every chapter with the reader wondering what happens next?”

“Too right,” I replied in my usual Aussie slang, “in my book every chapter ends with a real cliffhanger.”

“That’s what I thought,” he said smugly.

And that’s what I want you to know too.

Right from the Preface my story ends every chapter leaving you on the endge of your chair.

So if you want a good read, with cliffhangers leaving you unable to put the book down, then my true story is for you.

And unlike a novel you know that these events really happened.

Unbelievable as some of them may seem.

It’s a story of princes and politicians, drama on the high seas, the early days of Australian settlement by the British and the convicts who were sent here against their will and the aborigines they encountered, a hostile New Zealand Maori chief, as well as my own adventures and a mystery that fell into my lap.

“You have discerned an amazing story,” says the Judge of Writer’s Digest’s 21st Annual Self-Published Book Awards. “It’s got everything it needs to be a blockbuster.”

To order your copy direct from the publisher CLICK HERE for a 10% discount’

Best wishes’


Scary Story

At LA airport I’m queued for three hours getting through customs and I miss my connection to New York.

Instead I have been transferred to the next flight to Chicago.


What an inopportune time to be grounded.

Don’t they know that, waiting for me at the end of this plane trip I was making from Melbourne across the Pacific, was a beautiful school teacher from New Jersey I’d never met.

I hoped.

We’d hardly left the ground when we were informed that a severe electrical storm had knocked out one of the two runways at Chicago Airport.

The plane dramatically changed course and began losing altitude as we entered a dark menacing cloud reaching high into the sky .

Day turned to night.

For an eternity the plane droned on and on, swaying and lurching in broad circles like a scary ride at a theme park.

The darkness outside lit up momentarily as a ball of light skidded across the wing outside my window.

A voice from the cockpit announced that we’d just been struck by lightning but there’s nothing to worry about.

Yeah, right.

I overheard one of the flight attendants remark that the pilot must have copped a decent jolt from the lightning strike which would have hit the cocskpit first.

My hands were sweating and my heart was pounding.

Surely by now we must be almost out of fuel.

There had been no announcement from the cockpit for a while.

Was anyone still flying this plane?

I was resentful that my daydreams had been disturbed.

My thoughts had been of the precious cargo I was carrying in my luggage, the files surrounding a real mystery which had fallen into my lap before leaving.

But right now my mind was focussed on rather more immediate concerns like, are we going to make it? when a voice inside my head replied:

“Yes, and won’t this make a great story for your book.”

What book?

So did I make it out alive?

Did we end up landing safely at Chicago with only one of the two runways open?

And was the woman I’d never met waiting for me in New York a day later than expected?

I invite you to read the book to find out … and learn if I ever got to solve the big controversial mystery.

Get the book ‘Back to the Wall: A Fun Spiritual Adventure’ HERE.


Rare Book Exposes 200 Year-Old Mystery

Early map of Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania)

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What royal secrets did the Reverend Robert Knopwood know?

He was the first chaplain of Van Diemen’s Land (as Tasmania was called) who sailed to New South Wales (as Australia was called) at the time of the First Fleets of mainly convicts from England came to create the first British settlement here.

He mixed with the highest society back in England including with those in the circle of the Prince of Wales.

As did a certain mysterious Dr Desailly and his wife who came to Van Diemen’s Land under strange circumstaces.

Rumours had it that Dr Desailly’s English practice had been at the court of George IV and that his beautiful wife had been a Lady in Waiting to Queen Caroline.

A vessel under special charter had brought them to Australia and they always had plenty of money which, it was said, was paid regularly from a mysterious pension with great secrecy.

What were they doing in this isolated antipodean outpost?

They were certainly not convicts nor did they hold any official position in the colony.

Was it because they knew too much?

About what?

I was in the middle of researching the background for my book when I came across an extraordinary find.

I couldn’t believe my luck.

Right there in my small country library I found a numbered limited edition copy of a rare book published 45 years ago by a bookshop in Tasmania, Australia, with the modest title of ‘The Chaplain: Being Some Further Account of the Days of Bobby Knopwood’.

In this old book the author, Mabel Hookey, speculates on a scenario pointing to a lost secret that sailed to Tasmania with Rev Knopwood and Dr Desailly over 200 years ago.

Quite unexpectedly, the author, Mabel Hookey, provided me with the perfect opening to my own book, a mystery that I had stumbled upon going back over 200 years to Regency England and the Prince of Wales, George IV.

In her foreword Hookey explains that “diaries and bundles of old letters and papers on which I have drawn for my subject matter were bought by my grandfather, George Stokell, at the sale of Knopwood’s effects.”

The author continues to say that for many years Knopwood’s effects were stored in a cupboard in her grandfather’s home and that while most had found their way to the Mitchell Library in Sydney others were still in her possession.

It’s from these lost papers that she offers an astounding proposition that pretty much matched the mystery which had fallen into my lap.

Her shocking royal secret begins my own book ‘Back to the Wall: A Fun Spiritual Adventure’.

To add to the mystery, when I returned to my library to borrow the book again to check what I had quoted, I found to my surprise that it was no longer on the shelves or even in the library catalogue, having sat there gathering dust for up to 45 years.

Then when I wrote to the publisher in Tasmania requesting permission to quote from the book I received no reply. I could find no record of any such bookshop either.

They had all, apparently, vanished.

And my true romantic adventure seemed to have become a paranormal mystery as well.

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Reference: “The Chaplain: Being Some Further Account of the Days of Bobby Knopwood” by Mabel Hookey, published by Fuller’s Bookshop, Tasmania, 1970. Pages 177-9.