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Author Howard's Book
A Way of Life
Story of a boy growing up in a small town/suburb in 1945. The world is at war. Whilst the adults give lip service to the ideals of truth and justice, they are flawed by hypocrisy and self-promotion. The boy is savagely beaten by his father for telling the truth. The father refuses to believe the boy and thinks he is lying. This false belief is fanned by the local priest, who has taken a set against the boy and believes the lad is an inveterate liar. Yet ...
All Possible Avenues
A naive youth finds his first job as a clerk in the Internal Revenue Service. He finds it difficult to adjust to the jostling workplace where few of his fellow employees take their jobs very seriously. To the youth, the city offers wondrous possibilites, but he feels alienated by the lack of sympathy his fellow clerks show in his ambitions. They are mostly concerned with petty quarrels amd jealousies and all sorts of nit-picking about chairs, clocks, rul...
Challenge the Wind
A long and complex novel, stretching over three cities (Sydney, London, and Cairo) from the mid-1930s to early 1940s, dealing basically with movie-making and movie exhibition. Nearly all the leading characters have some connection with the film industry. The main character is Marcus Caughey, a leading Australian film producer/director, who is making a movie with a horse-racing background, starring a fading Hollywood actress. Caughey has conflicts not onl...
Fast Times in Paradise
These are the stories told by a group of travelers and railroad buffs waiting for the first train from the Gold Coast to Brisbane. The main character, Tom Howard, is a retired police sergeant. He recounts some of his adventures on a previous trip to the Gold Coast. He also details his first experiences of life in the adult world of university college, where he meets a more experienced youth and a poet, both of whom struggle successfully to overcome sever...
Stories about street kids who live on the fringes of society, who are alienated and just about all of whom try to evade responsibility for their actions. Most are involved in petty crime, some are part and parcel of the drug scene, and a few are even involved in murder. The local citizens, traders and police try to keep the problems the street kids create out of the news and out of the eyes of tourists. On the one hand, they treat the kids in a heavy-han...
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