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Garrick Jones
From the outback to the opera.

Brought up in Australia, between the bush and the beaches of the Eastern suburbs, I retired in 2015 and now live in the tropics, writing, gardening, and finally finding time to enjoy life and to re-establish a connection with who I am after a very busy career on the stage and as an academic.

I write mostly historical gay fiction in two distinct styles; books that are erotic and those that leave things up to the reader’s imagination. The stories are always about relationships and the inner workings of men; sometimes my fellas get down to the nitty-gritty, sometimes it’s up to you, the reader, to fill in the blanks.

Every book is story driven; spies, detectives, murders, epic dramas, there’s something for everyone. I also love to write about my country and the things that make us Aussies and our history different from the rest of the world.

Welcome to my world. I hope you enjoy the journey.

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Authors Book Genres
Historical Fiction, LGBTQ, Mystery, Thriller
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Author's Books
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Australian History, Historical Fiction, LGBTQ

The Boys of Bullaroo is a collection of six short stories, each set a decade apart, spanning the period from the Great War to the Vietnam conflict.
Linked by an outback Australian town, Bullaroo, the narratives follow the loves, the losses, and the sexual awakenings of men over the course of sixty years.
From the deserts of Egypt and the Light Horse, to prisoner of war camps during the Second World War, and to the flood of American servicemen on R&R during the age of conscription in the 1960s, these tales explore the nature of what it is to love, and to be loved by other men.

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The Boys of Bullaroo by Garrick Jones is so beautifully written that at times it took my breath away. It offers a glimpse into Australian gay life during, before, and after the world’s wars where men are shunted off to battle, then left to their own devices to gather up the pieces of their shattered lives after the fighting is over.

This beautifully written novel by Garrick Jones follows the lives of gay men during and after wars over sixty years, and it compelled this U.S. midwestern boy to turn page after page unable to put the book down.

The characters are interesting, the tales are compelling and touching despite each story being unique.
Jones has a second novel released and I look forward to diving in. I'm following him now anticipating future books.

I can't recommend "The Boys of Bullaroo" enough.

My, what a lovely book. Compelling stories beautifully distilled for the reader, stories that capture a surprising emotional range and remind us that no matter the time or place we all have a kinship with at least some others. For such a short work, it has the feel of a family saga: one that I was completely captivated by, and one that will only get better with future readings.

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Action/Adventure, Historical Fiction, LGBTQ, Thriller

As bombs rain down over London during the Blitz, Major Tommy Haupner negotiates the rubble-filled streets of Bloomsbury on his way to perform at a socialite party. The explosive event of the evening is not his virtuosic violin playing, but the ‘almost-blond’ American who not only insults him, but then steals his heart.

The Seventh of December follows a few months in the lives of two Intelligence agents in the early part of World War Two. Set against the backdrop of war-torn occupied Europe, Tommy and his American lover, Henry Reiter, forge a committed relationship that is intertwined with intrigues that threaten the integrity of the British Royal Family and the stability of a Nation at war.

Neither bombs nor bullets manage to break the bond that these men form in their struggle against Nazism and the powers of evil.

An astonishingly detailed and historically accurate love story between two men in WW2.

SOE, MI6, the Blitz, parachuting in to France, unarmed combat, virtuoso violin playing, blackmail involving Princes of the Realm, sexy Yanks and chaps dancing together in evening dress.

I understand it's the first in a series and I am now biting my nails waiting for more.

Let me start by saying that if you like spies and wartime intrigue, then The Seventh of December is the book for you. This is very much the driving force of the novel and it results in a complex web of political lies and private interests. Henry and Thomas feel like the pawns of more powerful people, as all soldiers often are during times of war.

This was great fun. A romantic story of full of intrigue and suspense set in wartime Britain and France. The author’s ability to capture the atmosphere of a setting really stands out, as does his way of conveying the characters’ motivations and feelings by showing rather than telling. It feels carefully plotted and written with skill and an admirable attention to detail. It’s a book I found myself wanting to ration out in small parcels to make it last just a little bit longer.

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Crime, Historical Fiction, LGBTQ, Thriller

The Cricketer’s Arms is an old-fashioned, pulp fiction detective novel, set in beachside Sydney in 1956. It follows the intricacies of a complex murder case, involving a tight-knit group of queer men, sports match-fixing, and a criminal drug cartel.

Was Daley Morrison killed because of his sexual proclivities, or was his death a signal to others to tread carefully? Has Clyde Smith been fingered as the man for the case, or will the case be the end of the road for the war veteran detective?

A gay romance/murder mystery set in 1950s Sydney. I loved this. I’ve probably said before that I think Garrick Jones’ historical detail is second to none. The combination of a murder mystery and romantic shenanigans is basically my ideal read. Hard recommend. I understand there is a sequel in the wind in the future.

It’s 1956 in Australia and Clyde Smith is an interesting man. He spent several years in an Italian POW camp. It was horrific, although we’re spared the worst of the details. He came out speaking Italian and a talent for cooking Italian food. That background, spun throughout the narrative, tells you what you need to know about him. Somehow, he finds the good in a situation.

I enjoyed the writing. I enjoyed the mystery. I enjoyed the view into post-war Australia. Mostly, though, I enjoyed Clyde Smith.

Excellent read with strongly developed MCs and convoluted whodunnit period drama/plot. Given the immediate post WW2 setting, I guess I should not have been surprised with the proliferation of gay men 'passing as straight' scattered through all tiers of society. I did not see where the author would take Clyde and Sam (what a shocker). Plus being an Aussie - it was truly delightful to see colloquialisms and brand names dotted throughout the book.

Author's Books
Book Title
Australian History, Historical Fiction, LGBTQ, Mystery

A wrongly delivered letter sparks a chain of events that threaten the life of Edward Murray, "Australia's Son", the most renowned operatic baritone of his day.
It is 1902, and Edward has just returned to the Metropole Hotel after a performance of La Bohème at the Theatre Royal in Sydney, when the manager phones his apartment to tell him the police have arrived with bad news.
Edward, and his vaudeville performer brother, Theodore, are shocked to hear that Edward's dresser, the brothers' oldest friend from childhood, has been found dead, stabbed in the back, in Edward's recently vacated dressing room.
Following a sequence of gruesome killings, Edward and the detective assigned to protect him, Chief Constable Andrew Bolton, are lured into a trap by a man whose agenda is not only personal, but driven by a deranged mind.

This book kept me turning the pages. It has a marvellous period feel (early Edwardian Sydney), the writing flows well, it has a great story line and a well-thought-out plot. There was an unexpected twist at the end which I enjoyed! It was also quite intriguing to see the behind the scenes life of an opera singer!
It's difficult not to be fascinated by this book. Highly recommended!

Book Title
Australian History, Historical Fiction, LGBTQ, Outback Fiction

The House With a Thousand Stairs is the story of a young man, scarred both on the inside and the outside, trying to re-establish what once was a prosperous and thriving sheep station with the help of his neighbours and his childhood friend, Frank Hunter, the local Indigenous policeman.
Enveloped by the world of Indigenous spirituality, the Kamilaroi system of animal guides and totems, Peter and Frank discover the true nature of their predestined friendship, one defined by the stars, the ancestral spirits, and Baiame, the Creator God and Sky Father of The Dreaming.

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