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, Jon, where they operate a small food preserving business and importing business, with a retail shop in the business district of Clunes, Australia's (and the southern hemisphere's) only International Booktown.
After a life-time of living life, Douglas took up writing in his late sixties and has now completed three novels, "Lake Brambruck", "Golton Island" and "Corker's Creek". All are set in the Wimmera district of Victoria, Australia. His third novel, "Corker's Creek" completes "The Wimmera Trilogy".
He now regards his first novel, "Lake Brambruck", as his 'trial' novel and offers it for free as it contains a few typos. However, it is being revised before its inclusion in "The Wimmera Trilogy", a collection of all three stories.
"Mount Zero" is the boxed set of Douglas Gellatly's first three novels, and constitutes "The Wimmera Trilogy." It was released in January of 2015.
His aim is to write stories that entertain the reader, and he loves to hear back from readers.
on Nov. 27, 2015 :
A compelling and touching tale of ordinary lives, well led.
I started to read Mount Zero, a trilogy incorporating Douglas Gellatly’s three novels, expecting a classic Australiana story. To some extent, that is exactly what it is, a charming, well told, well written depiction of Australian rural life spread over three decades. However, it is so much more than that, serious yet amusing, insightful but light-hearted, and both erotic and tender. Annie Prouix meets Nevil Shute during an episode of Six Feet Under probably sums the novels up.
The author has a rare skill in describing everyday events in evocative detail and in so doing transporting the reader to the experience. I was particularly taken with the way that the daily experiences of the main characters were interwoven with historical detail and social commentary. Mount Zero is a great read in itself; however I also think that if certain Australian politicians were to read the book the whole ongoing debate about gay marriage in Australia would finally and thankfully be laid to rest.
(reviewed 42 days after purchase)