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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Jade Is my Stone
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 75,400. Language: English. Published: November 11, 2014. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Shipton Kingsgate has an obsession with jade. Follow his crazy quest for a special piece of this stone, even as the whole world conspires against him: the government, the markets, his ex-wife, his son, even his own better judgement. While this text reads as a novel, its thirty chapters are also a collection, a treasure trove, of stories about jade, its beauty, its history and its addictive charm.
Mostly Friday Nights
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 41,780. Language: Australian English. Published: December 31, 2013. Category: 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: $4.99 USD. Words: 80,820. Language: Australian English. Published: November 13, 2012. Category: Fiction » Literature » Plays & Screenplays
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: $4.99 USD. Words: 73,680. Language: Australian English. Published: October 27, 2012. Category: 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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