Roderic Anderson's writing career started in Nigeria in 1978, when with Joyce Dafe he wrote a children's story book which Joyce illustrated. It was later published by African Universities Press as Omaka to the Rescue in the same series as books by Chinua Achebe, Cyprian Ekwenzi and Michael Crowder.
AUP also accepted for publishing a series of chemistry text-books he wrote, Understanding Chemistry : a student's book and a teachers' guide for each year, Nine to Eleven, but `due to the political situation and financial constraints' they have never been printed. He is currently working on the last of a series of books. The first, Trailblazer, a novel based on the lives of his great grandparents, has been published in 2008 by Zeus Publications.
The second, another novel, Real Life Portrait , based on the lives of his parents was published as a hard-back in October 2010 by Big Sky Publishing, and the third, Well of Life, is a memoir up to age 18, The fourth, Free Radical, another memoir up to age 36, he self published in 2006. All of these works are now available as ebooks. Besides writing, reading and listening to chamber music, being a long-term Marxist and socialist, he is interested in TV documentaries and current affairs and regrets that he is too old to participate in the Australian extension of the Arab Spring, hastening the end of capitalism.
Where to find Roderic Anderson online
Where to buy in print
Stirring the Shit
Six short pieces from Rod Anderson
1 Fame Andy Warhol’s theory
2 A Lord’s Prayer Update
3 Paedophilia some controversial views
4 Post Mabo a poem
5 The wisdom of crowds democracy
6 Xmas Cheer a short story
Omaka to the Rescue
Set in Nigeria in the 1980s ,Omaka and Adaeze were on holidays at Mr Odali’s where they came across two suspicious night visitors. Little did the girls know that they would help rescue Omaka’s father from these criminals nor did Omaka realize that she had rescued Adaeze by taking her to Lagos.
Real Life Portrait
Real life Portrait is a literary novel ─ the compelling story of the author’s father, Wallace Anderson, a noted Australian sculptor from the 1920s to the 1950s. It focuses on art in war and in peace, following Wallace’s struggle to balance family responsibilities and creative fulfillment.
Five short pieces expressing ideas on some key issues.
1. Writers: George Orwell's views.
2. Tolerance: Freedom of speech.
4. Sex and the Church:What the Bible says about sex
5. Flying Doctor: Ideas about old age and death.
Well of Life
Well of Life is Roderic Anderson’s memoir up to age 18. Born into affluence until when he is four, his artist father becomes unemployed and the family have to survive the Great Depression on the little he makes from private commissions. At school Rod becomes interested in left wing politics and at puberty realizes he is gay but is scared to reveal his true feelings.
Trailblazer is a novel based on the lives and times of the author’s great grandparents and their family. From their farm in Scotland in 1851 they migrate to South Australia by sailing ship, Join the gold-rush to Ballarat, where they strike gold, pioneer the timber and flour-milling industries and participate in pre-federation politics.