By Kenneth Vickery

Bolas buys By Kenneth R Vickery

Bolus Buys is the story of the aftermath of Sir Martin Haldane’s sudden death. His unexpected departure leaves his tentacular business matters in turmoil and as everyone tries to outwit one another, keep the peace, gain the upper hand and prevent mayhem (sometimes all four at once) the ghost of Sir Martin watches on, sometimes with apoplectic rage, sometimes with distaste, and sometimes with pain. Sir Martin was not much loved in life, and in death he’s not much loved either.

By Kenneth Vickery

Poppy By Kenneth R Vickery

Poppy is such an unusual book it almost defies genres. If I say it’s about police corruption, a good cop whose reputation is at stake, a teenaged dealer, a Polish convict, racial tension, murder, and revenge I’d be telling the truth, but that description gives a distorted picture of the warm, witty, character-driven confection that is Poppy.

By Kenneth Vickery

Speculative Fiction Books That Convey An Insightful Knowledge Of Human Existence

We need words to make sense of reality. We desire to see things as they are, so our ideas can see past stereotypes and convey an insightful knowledge of human existence in all its wonderful variety. Good speculative fiction creates supernatural, technological, physical, and political worlds, which don’t need clichéd ideas or populist propaganda.

By Kenneth Vickery

Books I recommend about the world around us

The world is descending past its tipping point so fast, we may not be able to fix it, even with gaffer tape. These books explain how we are in this together. They are about the beauty and the mess that is humanity.

By Kenneth Vickery

Recommended feel-good books

Feel-good books must be hard to write because well-written ones are hard to find. Here are some books I have enjoyed. To be a feel-good book it must give an affinity for a place or a situation, without challenging prejudices. The stories may even, for example, embrace things like how lucky we are that rich, white, heterosexual men have gone to lots of trouble to gain control over all of us. I can’t write stuff like this, but It is important not to read too many books that make you feel unworthy.

By Kenneth Vickery

Recommended classic books to read

These are classic books that I’ve read recently. All have strong stories, which I love, and all have something important to say. They are in no particular order, but without meaning to, the Australian classics…

By Kenneth Vickery

Red Rising: Red Rising Series 1, by Pierce Brown

Red Rising is an edgy science fiction story of love and revenge. It is like ‘The Hunger Games’ only with more masculine themes. In some parts, it is hard to put down and it’s always…

By Kenneth Vickery

The Lost Man, by Jane Harper

“The Lost Man” is an intriguing murder mystery, which in contrast to a locked room, occurs where the only boundary is a distant horizon. Jane has used the heat in east Queensland, to create a…

By Kenneth Vickery

The Lascar’s Dagger by Glenda Larke

The Lascar’s Dagger: The Forsaken Lands by Glenda Larke is a book that takes the reader to a stimulating and spiritual world of swords and horses. Saker, her main protagonist, is thrown into the conflict…