Independent Australian Author Justin Sheedy Breaks Into UK & Euro Bookstore Markets!
DON’T TELL EVERY PUBLISHING COMPANY IN AUSTRALIA…
Think of a publishing company in Australia. Go on, name one. Chances are they knocked back rising Australian author, Justin Sheedy. Name another one… Yes, they knocked him back too. They ALL did. Apparently they saw no commercial or literary merit in his writing.
Only one group of people in Australia have and do see merit in Sheedy’s writing: the thousands of Australian readers who have purchased and loved his (self-published) books over the past few years. This fact, though missed by every publishing company in Australia, wasn’t missed by a major Australian book distribution company, who offered Sheedy a major distribution contract for his books at the close of 2013. As a result, Sheedy’s books became available in bookstores across Australia in time for Christmas, including the great Dymocks Books chain, Abbey’s Bookshop, Gleebooks and Berkelouw Books, as well as orderable via ALL local bookstores.
This week Sheedy’s books have gone international with the announcement that his latest historical fictions, “Ghosts of the Empire” and “Nor the Years Condemn”, are being stocked by the great English bookstore chain, Waterstone’s (with 288 stores across the UK and Europe) as well as by the legendary WHSmith chain (with an incredible 1264 outlets in the UK and Europe). As to the Australian publishing companies still unaware of his success, you would be right on the money if you said that author Justin Sheedy has ‘bypassed the gatekeeper’.
“Ghosts of the Empire” (full description below) is currently available in paperback at WHSmith, from Waterstone’s in paperback and ebook along with “Nor the Years Condemn”. His first book, “Goodbye Crackernight”, currently in ebook format, will very soon be available in paperback from both these mighty UK bookstore chains.
Author Justin Sheedy’s driving passion is to tell great Australian stories. His readers love reading them. As they will now across the UK and Europe. …Pssst… Just don’t tell every publishing company in Australia.
GHOSTS OF THE EMPIRE
As the storm of World War II breaks, Mick O’Regan is a peaceful Sydney working-class boy. Yet he and the shining youth of his generation are cursed to enter a world of high-speed life and death. Like first-time Aussie backpackers they cross the planet to save the British Empire, their job on arrival the most dangerous of the War: flying for Royal Air Force Bomber Command.
Based on a true Australian war story only now being brought to life by author Justin Sheedy’s vivid historical fictions, Ghosts of the Empire is also a story of young people living life to the full while they can – in a blacked-out world where dance partners, sex and death flow in equal abundance.
Though standing on its own as the white-knuckle excitement saga that it is, Ghosts of the Empire is the much-anticipated sequel to Nor the Years Condemn, Sheedy’s highly acclaimed story of shining young men destined never to grow old. ‘Ghosts’, it is said, are the spirits of those who die violently, tragically, or when ripped from life too young. Ghosts of the Empire is their story.
NOR THE YEARS CONDEMN
At the beginning of World War II, Britain was in the deepest trouble imaginable. 5 minutes flying time away crouched a monster. Alone against it, Britain called out to her Empire. For pilots. From all corners of that Empire, they volunteered. Only the best & brightest were chosen. Australian Daniel Quinn was one of these young men who came to fly against the monster. They had a 1-in-3 chance of survival.
Nor the Years Condemn is based on the true story of the young Australians who flew Spitfires against the all-conquering might of Nazi Germany. In their late teens and early-20s, for the job at hand they had to be the ‘shining ones’, rendering the death of so many of them doubly heart-rending for the reader. Daniel Quinn, flanked by the often hilarious young men of his elite ilk, leaves his peacetime life behind to fight tyranny in this portrait of doomed, brilliant youth.
With in-the-cockpit flying sequences that readers have described as ‘cinematic’, Nor the Years Condemn is also a story of the mothers cursed to relinquish their wonderful sons to war, of first love, of strategic deception and betrayal, of brotherhood and once-in-a-lifetime friendship on a knife’s edge. It is a story of shining young men destined never to become old, and of those who do: the survivors ‘condemned by the years’, and to their memory of friends who remain forever young.
Goodbye Crackernight is a comic memoir of growing up in 1970s Australia, the tale of a lost era, when a child’s proudest possession was not a Playstation but a second-hand bike. This ripping yarn traces the demise of the annual fireworks festival, Crackernight, in parallel with the passing of childhood for Generation X. Though told from the perspective of one child, Goodbye Crackernight is a story which more than one generation of Australians will relate to, for it’s their story as well – a nostalgic portrait of the 70s. Just as we were growing up, so was Australia, and turning from a ‘white-bread’ society into the diverse, multicultural Oz we know and love today.
Goodbye Crackernight is a story of fireworks, of fun that cost nothing, UFO-crowded skies, streakers, lime green Valiants, half-sucked Sunny Boys and electric pink hotpants. It is a story of growing up and innocence left behind – at a three-day pool party. It is the tale of far simpler times, of an annual neighbourhood festival and an Australia now long gone.