Pat McGowan


Pat lives in Loftus, a southern suburb of Sydney Australia.

He used to work for the government which took him on postings to many places around the world, including in Europe, Asia and Africa.

He loves reading contemporary American fiction such as Pynchon, Gass and Morrison. That's between his efforts to discover and read Australian writers who are growing in numbers at a rapid rate. His friend Julie argues that Australians write with a distinct perspective on the world, she reckons she can recognise an Australian writer every time.

So story, 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.

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Ride a White Mare
Price: $4.95 USD. Words: 68,600. Language: English. Published: April 13, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » General
Marco wants to write about jade after he sees the world’s biggest carving of a single piece of gem-quality green jade housed at the Buddhist Temple near Bendigo. But he’s led to ask bigger questions about jade, like is there any naturally occurring top quality white jade in Australia? Experts say no. But whisperings tell him otherwise. He travels in the dark, but his desire is so strong,
Jade Is My Stone
Price: $4.95 USD. Words: 75,400. Language: English. Published: November 11, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological
Jade is a mysterious stone, by weight, often worth far more than gold. But if you were to go out and buy jade would you know if it was genuine or fake? In this novel, Shipton Kingsgate becomes obsessed with jade and embarks on a quest to have and to hold his own prize piece of this stone! At every turn, he must navigate the perils of true versus false, even with those nearest to him.
Mostly Friday Nights
Price: $4.95 USD. Words: 41,780. Language: Australian English. Published: December 31, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Australian & Oceanian
What happened on Friday nights in the Sydney suburbs in the seventies? Read these stories about Campbell and his mates from Campbelltown, told in the style of The Adventures of Don Juan though with not so many heroes. 'Was one Friday night, talk about hairy: Campbell and I had trekked out to Appin, scored an invite to a birthday party, by chance after meeting our mad mate, Stefan...'
Splitting Apart
Price: $4.95 USD. Words: 80,820. Language: Australian English. Published: November 13, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Plays & Screenplays, Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » Russian
The year is 2019 and the 83 regions of the Russian Federation are splitting apart. A team of six in a Canberra office have been asked to provide an urgent report on the issue for their Minister. As they strive to meet their deadline, the story of an office itself fracturing into pieces, as personal histories surface, unfolds to echo the crisis they are being asked to report on.
The Shades of Paracelsus
Price: $4.95 USD. Words: 73,670. Language: Australian English. Published: October 27, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Drama
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.

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Smashwords book reviews by Pat McGowan

  • Religion Sex Violence on Dec. 28, 2015

    As a fictive dream, it’s well-crafted, it’s crafty, it’s crisp, it’s well-paced, it’s fine language, it’s Irish, it’s Sydney, it’s international, it’s contemporary, it’s graphic (rsv), it’s a page turner, it’s rich in detail, and its title is apt. good one