M. A. McRae
The four books of the Shuki series are available as ebooks and as paperbacks. 'Not a Man' is the first of the Shuki Series, followed by 'The King's Favourite.' These are quite separate stories, and can be read as stand-alone books. However, you will enjoy the third in the series, 'To Love and To Protect,' more if you have read at least one of the others. The fourth in the series is a little different, and covers Shuki's mature years, and even ranges forward a few decades. This can be read as a stand-alone book. There is no 'adult' material in this one, though there is in the earlier novels, especially the first.
The four Penwinnard Stories are about the boys of Penwinnard Boys' Home - their spirit, their occasional mischief, and their aspirations. I expect that there will eventually be six stories, with Bob's future resolved in Number 6.
These books are also available as paperbacks.
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The Frost and the Sunshine
by M. A. McRae
Shuki goes in search of the family of his birth, lost so many years ago. He finds Mwai and he finds Saif, his brothers. There is also Meriam, his niece, who urgently needs a new home. This is the fourth and final of the Shuki Series – the story of a modern day eunuch.
by M. A. McRae
Welfare kids have got to be tough, but Steven Vikkers is not tough. He calls himself 'soft,' though at fourteen, he has not yet decided whether or not he is gay. Gays get bashed in his neighbourhood. Being a welfare kid might not be ideal, but it is safe.
by M. A. McRae
Frank has been at Penwinnard Boys' Home for four months. But now he is facing new challenges - a new school, a new place to live, and he would lose the friends he'd made at Penwinnard. He'd never really had friends before...
Not a Man
by M. A. McRae
From boy of the slums to Oxford Graduate, this is the story of Shuki Bolkiah - modern day eunuch.
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- Escape the Volcano
on Sep. 25, 2011
An adventure story for children. Well written and entertaining.
- His Roman Master 1: The Kidnapping
on July 03, 2012
This story was not long, and not realistic. It is not literary fiction.
But read it for what it is: some very well written male/male erotica. If you like this sort of thing, I expect you will quite quickly become a fan of Lyra Brooks, as she seems to have several stories here.
- Paying The Piper
on Feb. 03, 2013
I read 'Hamelin's Child some time ago, and was gripped by the story and the story-telling. This is the sequel.
Michael is struggling, and he has the reader totally on his side from the very beginning.
These two books are very, very good.
- The Pencil Case
on April 02, 2013
‘The Pencil Case’ is a very powerful story, a story of a child and his sister, taken from parents who loved them to a place where no-one loved them. Paul’s parents were unable to provide decent housing, and sometimes he went hungry. So he was sentenced to a harsh prison for children, a place where living conditions were worse, he was always hungry, and he was routinely beaten by perverted evil women who liked to think they were ‘Brides of Christ.’ If he hadn’t refused to be confirmed as Catholic at the age of 12, he would have been taken to a different place, a place run by priests, a place where it is alleged that many suffered sexual abuse. Instead, he was beaten even more severely than usual, and taken to a different home, this time a home where the boys were treated far better.
A quote from the book:
‘Water-laden clouds blackened large expanses of grey sky and the wind cried and swept the town pavements clean of their litter the day Ern Stanley gathered up the voluminous legal file he had compiled over a month of journeying with me through time, and we drove through the gates of Dubbo airport. Later, Ern would remark that he came to associate the black day with the black story I told. Over a month of travel, listening, and observation, I had forced him to confront, full force, the ugly side of the society that fed him, and it scarred him.’
I have read the whole of this story, and also feel scarred. It is hard to stop thinking about it – so powerful. This is not a story of something a long time ago, or of a place far away. Paul is very close to my own age, I know the towns he speaks of. It is set in the fifties, an era of prosperity for Australia, and civilised values – civilised values apparently not shared by the Catholic church and its employees. The nuns separated brothers and sisters, allowed them no contact with family, deprived them of personal possessions, even of the clothes they arrived in, dressed them in poor clothes and half starved them. As if this was not enough, the poor children were repeatedly told they were scum, just as their parents were scum, and they were beaten on a regular basis.
‘The Pencil Case’ is a story that should be heard.
- Fifteen Brushes with Love
on May 29, 2013
A book of short stories, stories filled with a gentle wisdom. Well written and unmarred by errors. 'Temptation' was my favourite.
- The Fifth Circle
on July 04, 2013
This is a story of the relationship between Alex and Sean. Each side is told with conviction. It tells of the sad and the bad, and of the abused and the abuser. It speaks of patterns repeated. I was pleased with the ending, happy that Alex managed to move on to make a life outside of that of a victim. It is something that many victims never manage.
- Smoko At East Seaham
on June 21, 2014
Snack sized bites of short stories - humour, irony and a strong dose of wisdom.