Douglas Gellatly was brought up on a farm in the Wimmera district of Victoria, Australia. During the course of his life he has experienced working as a farmer, medical research institute field station manager, funeral director, travel consultant and cafe proprietor. He now lives in central Victoria with his partner where they operate a small food preserving business and importing business, with a retail shop in the main street of Clunes, Australia's (and the southern hemisphere's) only International Booktown. Now in his late sixties, Douglas has completed two novels, "Lake Brambruck" and "Golton Island." Both are set in the Wimmera district of Victoria, Australia. His third novel, "Corker's Creek", which is being written, will complete "The Wimmera Trilogy".
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Smashwords book reviews by Douglas Gellatly
- A Part of My Soul
on May 19, 2011
A Part of My Soul is a wonderful sequel to Martin Brant's A Song in the Park. Being a well-told tale of human love and relationships, it is good, as a reader, to feel close to the characters as they get to know each other intimately. It was also moving to be swept away in the emotion of the closing scene. One can only hope for another sequel now.
- Copperas Cove
on Nov. 07, 2011
Martin Brant sure knows how to put a good story together, and he's done it again in Copperas Cove. With the main character, Jonathan Scott, challenging his inner urges, readers are also left with a few challenges...be they where we all stand in the full spectrum of human sexuality or our attitude to racial discrimination.
Set in the USA deep south in the mid-nineteen-fifties, the tale is gripping/surprising/enlightening, and a whole lot of other "ings" which all amount to fascinating, and damn good reading.
One hopes that Martin can keep going with more of his stories, and I for one wait with eager anticipation. Douglas Gellatly.
on Dec. 31, 2011
Things have become worse in Syria since 'Latakia' was written, but here is a story that is nothing but remarkably memorable. From the days of Don't Ask, Don't Tell, comes this wonderfully crafted tale of courage, faith and trust, belief, commitment and dedication, all wrapped around very human lives and the closeness of brotherhood. There's heaps of conflict and compassion, of distrust and love and raw human nature. There are scenes where human mistakes are made, there are scenes where human choices are made, and there are scenes, and prose, that tell the reader that in some aspects of life there are no choices, such as human sexuality. JF Smith is to be congratulated for 'Latakia' – this is a wonderful novel.
- Into Deep Waters
on Feb. 21, 2013
This is a fascinating story well written. It is hard to imagine the difficulties that two guys could have in the World War II era if they were gay, and Kaje Harper brings that out well. How they were able to maintain their relationship makes great reading. But wait for the final scene!