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Jimmy Longtail-An Australian Epic

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Type Book Author Year released 2018 Genres Historical Fiction

About the Author

A Michael Blaire was born in Cowboy Country-Townsville, but also calls Stanthorpe, West End and Ipswich home. He has a very diverse CV--from fruit picking to factories, laboratories to offices. He was a public servant for 30 years, retiring from an executive position.

“I’ve had an interesting life,” he says, “and along the way, I’ve accumulated some useful knowledge. This has given me some life experience to draw on for my writing.”

Blaire’s core genre is Australian historical fiction, and his writing to date covers from the 16th Century to today. The first of his Longtail series of novels--Jimmy Longtail-An Australian Epic, set from 1852 to the late 1880s, has been published, and he’s working on the 2nd book—Longtail 2-Great is the Guilt. This part 2 in the series, covers from 1890 to 1919.

Blaire also writes short stories, poetry and flash fiction. His drabbles (100 word micro-fiction) feature in an anthology of Ipswich authors-Sideshow Alley.


About the book

He left his family behind and travelled thousands of miles to a strange new land in search of gold, but he found something much more valuable than that.

Jimmy experienced and fought hate and violence, found love, friendship and a brand-new nation. Strange dreams plagued him, until he found their startling origin. In the desert he met proud and fierce people who shared their knowledge with him and his friends. He heard extraordinary tales of men castaway centuries earlier and adopted by natives. He was given proof and great responsibility by a man long in his grave.

This fast moving tale of discovery, love and a precise historical backdrop, will WOW! you as you ride its waves of adventure, laconic Aussie humour, grief, despair and triumph. Just try to put it down.