Barry Flanagan


Barry Flanagan was born in the coalmining town of Cessnock, located in the Hunter Valley of New South Wales, Australia. Having completed his schooling he worked in the industrial city of Newcastle before forging a career in the Defence Forces with the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF).

After six years maintaining and servicing the French built, Mirage III supersonic aircraft - including two of those years in Singapore and Malaya - he opted for a new career in the underground coal mining industry. He worked at a number of mines, each one forced to close because of depleted resources. From there he worked as a training consultant for the mining industry in electrical and Occupational Health & Safety followed by a period with a successful engineering company before retiring.

With his partner, Barbara, he now lives in the Macarthur region of New South Wales, an hour’s drive south-west of Sydney.

Where to find Barry Flanagan online


The Boys from Brokenback
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 97,790. Language: Australian English. Published: May 26, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs
At the height of production at the Brokenback Mine over two hundred men were employed. This novel - a sequel to ‘Brokenback’ - is a collection of short stories about these men, their working environment and their private lives.
In Search of Freedom
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 46,550. Language: English. Published: August 31, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » War & military adventure, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage
In Search of Freedom follows the journey of refugees fleeing their countries in Eastern Europe, not knowing where they are going, not knowing where they will end up, or if they will be accepted by any foreign nation. And, worst of all, not knowing if they will ever see the light of another day. England, France, Canada, America, who will take them?
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 97,510. Language: Australian English. Published: October 11, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » General, Fiction » Romance » Historical » General
The Brokenback story is a tale of love, humour, tragedy, and drama. It describes the mateship between the mineworkers and the hardships they face in their everyday routine - and why they wouldn’t want to work anywhere else but the underground. It also looks at the sufferings of miners from earlier years, those who’ve contracted pneumoconiosis, a debilitating and, for most, a fatal lung disease.
The Invisible Front
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 131,200. Language: Australian English. Published: April 20, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » War & military adventure, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage
This is a story of a small group of freedom fighters, based in one of the many resistance camps in Lithuania. They were hailed as heroes by their followers and dubbed The Invisible Front by Soviet Security Forces.
Across the Green Border
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 110,330. Language: English. Published: December 1, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage, Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » European
Operation Barbarossa enters its third day as the German army march into Kaunas, Lithuania. The majority of residents welcome them as liberators now that the Soviets have fled. Others, though, are not so sure. One man, Jonas Petraitis, Chief of Police in Kaunas, is up against it from the start. Major Ulrich Kruger from the Wehrmacht and Captain Hardy Steltzer from the Einsatzgruppen, the Reich’s mu
The Undeclared War
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 80,690. Language: English. Published: July 12, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
For Jonas Petraitis, Chief of Police in Kaunas, Lithuania, the worst he has to deal with is the occasional murder - until June 15, 1940, when the Soviet Army crosses the border and occupies his country.

Barry Flanagan's tag cloud

1970s    atrocities    australia    coal    collapse    europe at war    front    lithuania    mine    mining    nazi    nazi era europe    partisans    red army    refugees and immigration    romance    russians    survival    war    war 1939 1945   

Smashwords book reviews by Barry Flanagan

  • Escape on Nov. 06, 2013

    In wartime Europe, Jews went through hell in making applications to leave the country. Papers for this, papers for that and spending hours, if not days, in line at emigration offices then to have the doors closed in their faces was quite traumatic. They had a set time to achieve their goals and to miss out by one day could mean life or death (one could choose either, it all meant the same) in a concentration camp. In Escape, one wonders why a sergeant of the Wehrmacht (or some other arm of the defence forces) was assigned to escort them across France to the Spanish border. In all my research, I’d never heard of a circumstance of this kind and, as it showed, it would be in their best interest to befriend this soldier, Sergeant Drucker, as Saul has done. One outspoken word to him and their quest for refugee status in America could go up in smoke. As usual in the German occupied countries during the war, no matter who you were, there was the inevitable brush with the Gestapo. Unrest between the refugees didn’t help, either. Drawing attention to the Gestapo was the last thing they wanted. Having someone like Sergeant Drucker around was, as mentioned in novel information, quite unique and his conduct showed that many Germans, soldiers or not, were human beings after all. Another intriguing story about desperate Jews and their fight for existence in occupied Europe during WWII.