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Paul Morrison has been a writer for most of his life. “I cannot remember a time when I was not writing, even when I was five or six years old. I grew up on books such as Treasure Island, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and The Time Machine — these and the many other books that I read in my early years fed my imagination, a voracious imagination transporting me to faraway places, other worlds and to other times in both the recent and more distant past...” Many of these worlds and places are visited in the novels and short story collections he has written.
Besides a love for fiction, Paul also reads widely on ancient history and archaeology. “I am particularly interested in Ancient Egypt, mainly Old Kingdom Egypt during the age of the pyramid builders. I was always intrigued as to how the pyramids were built and about the lives of the pharaohs as well as the workers who constructed the pyramids. There were many questions filling my mind, but few if any answers.” This inquiring interest led to the Giza Trilogy books, a monumental work of well-researched fiction set against the backdrop of the three pyramids on the Giza Plateau. Together, with their associated books, The Divine Light (currently being written) and the completed, Eternal Egypt, Supplement to the Giza Trilogy, these books total nearly 1.5 million words! Other books written cover a wide range of subjects including historical, science fiction, ghost and detective stories as well as many other genres.
Paul currently lives in Hobart, Tasmania with his wife in a house overlooking the Derwent River. “The magnificent views of Hobart and of Mount Wellington inspire me in my writings — but the most important inspiration is my wife, Helena.”
on Oct. 10, 2013 :
Review on the Collected Australian Stories
Setting Place: Australia
Setting Time: Different points in time
Story Format: Short Stories
The book covers history, values, events and the everyday lyrical universe of this huge melting pot that composes the Australian vivid patchwork culture. The impressive sense of humour and the free and intense way of dealing with reality in scenarios one may find completely foreign or entirely familiar is not a formula, but just the description filled with the most interesting characters.
Just like the beauty of this wild and vast continent, the places, names and the situations of the short story collection will capture the heart and the eye of the reader. The diversity in these stories allows one to learn about so many interesting aspects that otherwise would be lost. The nice storytelling also teaches respect for one of the most ancient cultures of the world.
(reviewed 66 days after purchase)