Geoff Woodland

Biography

Geoff was born near the end of the second world war in Birkenhead, Merseyside,(UK), three streets away from the River Mersey, and the sounds and scent of the sea stimulated his imagination from an early age. He gained a scholarship to ‘HMS Conway’ Nautical Training College, where he spent two years before graduating to go to sea as a cadet with British India Steam Navigation Ltd.

After securing his Second Mates Ticket, he sailed as Third Officer in an LST (landing ship tanks) to Borneo during the Indonesian confrontation in the mid 60′s, and later in cargo ships around the Far East, Australia & New Zealand before finally leaving the sea in 1969 to settle down and start a family with his lovely wife Maureen; eventually migrating to Australia in 1980 with his daughter and son.

Geoff worked in the international courier and express freight industry, before starting his own company in 1995. He sold the company seven years later so as to have time to write and enjoy his children and three grandchildren.

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Books

Ice King
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Price: $1.50 USD. Words: 119,960. Language: English. Published: September 17, 2010. Category: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » European
William King, son of a Liverpool slave trader, sickened by what he experienced aboard a Spanish slaver, was one of the few who spoke out against the Slave Trade. This epic has generational change, moral wickedness, greed, romance and the fortunes of war woven through the lives of King & Son, Liverpool traders. Father and son are caught up in the turmoil that preceded the British Trade Act of 1807

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Smashwords book reviews by Geoff Woodland

  • Wind from Danyari on Oct. 30, 2011

    In a addition to the central characters, the Hennessey family, who are rich in emotion and diverse, I found the the author’s detailed description of the landscape and the hard climate of Western Australia, as stimulating as the human characters. The scene is set with the arrival of the first Europeans to the area. This is followed by the introduction of Joe Hennessey, in the late 1800s, who, as a teenager, sets out to attempt to make his fortune in the gold fields of northern Australia. The story flows as the author paints her characters to the harsh canvas of Australia between 1880 to the outbreak of WW1. The story has romance, tragedy and adventure, which are mixed with the way of life of two cultures. The ancient aboriginal way and the newcomers creates tension and sadness. I found book to be a page turner. I believe that this book is the first in a series that chronicles the Hennessey family. I will be checking out the next book.
  • Journey from Walara on May 27, 2012

    After reading Wind from Danyari I had to read the sequel, Journey from Walara, by West Australian author, Laurel Lamperd. The Hennessy boys go to war, Danny to England to be trained as a bomber pilot, and Will joins the Australian Army and is sent to New Guinea. The story begins in the time of innocence in Australia of 1939. The author showed me the lives of people in outback Australia of that time, and how their innocence changed as the war progressed. Lamperd has the knack of describing the conditions of north west Australia to such an extent that she had my mouth dry from wind blown sand, only to be washed clean in the next chapter by watered down beer in a London pub on a damp wet night, after a bombing raid over Germany. Her description of the Kakoda trail, the mud, the tropical heat and rain, with the expectation of fighting the Japanese brings to life the bestiality of man when at war. It is not a story of war, but a story of a family caught up in a war. How relationships are made and broken, some deliberate others beyond control of the character. I read the book on a Kindle and after I’d finished, the characters and the locations stuck in my mind for days, even though I was travelling and seeing new places. A well told story.
  • Journey from Walara on May 27, 2012

    After reading Wind from Danyari I had to read the sequel, Journey from Walara, by West Australian author, Laurel Lamperd. The Hennessy boys go to war, Danny to England to be trained as a bomber pilot, and Will joins the Australian Army and is sent to New Guinea. The story begins in the time of innocence in Australia of 1939. The author showed me the lives of people in outback Australia of that time, and how their innocence changed as the war progressed. Lamperd has the knack of describing the conditions of north west Australia to such an extent that she had my mouth dry from wind blown sand, only to be washed clean in the next chapter by watered down beer in a London pub on a damp wet night, after a bombing raid over Germany. Her description of the Kakoda trail, the mud, the tropical heat and rain, with the expectation of fighting the Japanese brings to life the bestiality of man when at war. It is not a story of war, but a story of a family caught up in a war. How relationships are made and broken, some deliberate others beyond control of the character. I read the book on a Kindle and after I’d finished, the characters and the locations stuck in my mind for days, even though I was travelling and seeing new places. A well told story.
  • Walk to Paradise Garden on June 04, 2012

    John Campbell's historical novel `Walk to Paradise Gardens' is a saga that starts during the early days of WW1, and the reader follows a family through all of their troubles. The story captivated me from the first few pages as I read his descriptions of the medical areas behind the lines in WW1. The author brought the whole horror of this war to life. Later, his descriptions of London in the 1920's & 30's has your mouth watering as he describes the simple act of taking tea and cakes in an `acceptable' (for the wife of a political minister) café. Campbell has the ability to capture the period, regardless of the decade. The historic detail enhances the story without overwhelming the reader with facts. It was no surprise when I heard that this book had been picked as one of the eight Harper Collins editor's choice from the thousands of books listed on the Authonomy web site. A love story to be read and enjoyed at leisure.