The Diary

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A fisherman finds a unidentified head in a waterhole in Northern Australia. What first appeared to be a crocodile attack turns into murder. Who is this man who no one seems to know. Susan returns to England, pregnant after her escape. She becomes engaged to another man but her past returns to haunt her. She must read the diary of her former lover, she must decide her unborn child's fate More

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About Graham Wilson

Graham Wilson lives in Sydney Australia. He has completed and published nine books, published by Smashwords. They comprise two series, The Old Balmain House Series and the Crocodile Spirit Dreaming Series along with a family memoir. Children of Arnhem's Kaleidoscope.

The first series starts with a novel called "The Old Balmain House" based on an old a weatherboard cottage in Sydney where the author lived. Here a photo was discovered of a small girl who lived and died about 100 years ago. The book imagines the story of her life and family, based in the real Balmain, an early inner Sydney suburb, with it's locations and and historical events providing part of the story background. The second novel in this series, Lizzie's Tale" builds on "The Old Balmain House" setting, It is the story of a working class teenage girl who lives in this same house in the 1950s and 1960s, It tells of how, when she becomes pregnant she is determined not to surrender her baby for adoption, and of her struggle to survive in this unforgiving society. The third novel in this series, Devil's Choice, follows the next generation of the family in Lizzie's Tale. Lizzie's daughter is faced with the awful choice of whether to seek the help of one of her mother's rapists' in trying to save the life of her own daughter who is inflicted with an incurable disease.

The Crocodile Spirit Dreaming Series comprises five novels based in Outback Australia. The first novel "Just Visiting." tells the story of an English backpacker, Susan, who visits the Northern Territory and becomes captivated and in great danger from a man who loves crocodiles. The second book in the series, "The Diary" follows the consequences of the first book based around the discovery of this man's remains and his diary and Susan, being placed on trial for murder. The third book, "The Empty Place" is about Susan's struggle to retain her sanity in jail while her family and friends desperately try to find out what really happened on that fateful day before it is too late. In "The Lost Girls" Susan vanishes and it tells the story of the search for her and four other lost girls whose passports were found in the possession of the man she killed. The final book in the series, "Sunlit Shadow Dance" is the story of a girl who appears in a remote aboriginal community in North Queensland, without any memory except for a name. It tells how she rebuilds her life from an empty shell and how, as fragments of the past return, with them come dark shadows that threaten to overwhelm her.

The book, "Children of Arnhem's Kaleidoscope" is the story of the author's own life in the Northern Territory. It tells of his childhood in an aboriginal community in remote Arnhem Land, in Australia's Northern Territory, one of its last frontiers. It tells of the people, danger and beauty of this place, and of its transformation over the last half century with the coming of aboriginal rights and the discovery or uranium. It also tells of his surviving an attack by a large crocodile and of his work over two decades in the outback of the NT.

Graham is in the early stages of planning a memoir about his family's connections with Ireland called "Memories Only Remain" and also is compiling information for a book about the early NT cattle industry, its people and its stories,

Graham writes mostly for the creative pleasure it brings him. He is particularly gratified each time an unknown person chooses to download and read something he has written and write a review - good or bad, as this gives him an insight into what readers enjoy and helps him make ongoing improvements to his writing.

Many of his books are still being reviewed and further edited to improve them, and reader feedback is very important to the process. At various times he releases all of his books for free periods but, for those who don't want to wait or are happy to pay, all sales proceeds get returned to pay for the editing and publication process so that the books get better over time and thus increase people's enjoyment (It also helps to give employment to others in the writing industry who need to make a living.)

In his non writing life he is a veterinarian working with farmers, as well as wild animals and in conservation across Australia

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Reviews

Review by: Jack Baker on May 05, 2014 :
Agree with comments of other reviewers about great plot and story gets you in. And yes, edits and tidying. Most of all, "The Diary" and "Just Visiting" have an authenticity of place and character. Wilson knows the natural environment and how to spin a yarn out of it.
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Review by: eddieR on March 16, 2014 :
I gave the first book "Just Visiting" five stars and the same for this. It is a great read from a new author who I have discovered. After book1 I thought I could guess where this would go and it was even better than expected with new twists. It will improve further with editing from this early draft but already one to remember. Hurry up with No 3
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Review by: vivascarlett on March 13, 2014 :
I really enjoyed this continuation of Just Visiting, and cant wait for the next part of the story.
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Review by: Amanda Ryan on March 12, 2014 :
I just love this author and this story. As a first draft there is clearly lots of room for improvement and tidying up with editing but the basic story has got me in, and the character of Susan as a person trapped by circumstances and logical but bad decisions is gripping. Her increasing social isolation and mental deterioration is an angle I had not thought of with such a bright and bubbly character in Book 1. My only suggestion is that a bit more work is needed on the logical consistency and flow of the story from Just Visiting to this book
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