The Shades of Paracelsus

A young adult drama set in Wollongong, Australia, this novel is about how the innocence and optimism of youth can be treated so shoddily, so contemptuously by the darker forces which sometimes drive big business today. Can winning ever only be about holding back the inevitable? This is a question both the good and the bad may like to ask themselves in their quieter moments. More

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About Pat McGowan

Pat lives in Australia, in Loftus, a suburb of Sydney. He used to work for the Australian government which took him on postings to many places around the world, including Europe, Asia and Africa. His long term goal is to write bestselling contemporary Australian fiction.

However, being a tai chi enthusiast, he is also a keen writer of tai chi related subjects. He is currently working on a semi-autobiographical account of his near forty years of tai chi experience with the working title 'Tai Chi: Use Mind, Not Force' so stay tuned for the pre-order announcement. In the meantime, he has a free poetry book on tai chi related themes, 'Pick Up The Pearl' available on Smashwords.

Pat likes reading the great novel writers, generally following Colleen McCullogh's advice to budding writers: read the classics and get on with your life.

In summary , place and language are important in Pat's writing, as is the opportunity to explore significant contemporary themes with the intention of leading us to see our world with fresh eyes, which can often be uplifting.

He is also a keen follower of William Gass and his theory of sentence writing ie that each sentence has a soul, and that all good literature comes from the well-constructed sentence.

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