G. & E. Johnstone

Publisher info

G. & E. Johnstone publish the work of Graeme Johnstone and Elsie Johnstone, as well as other authors.

Elsie Johnstone was a primary school teacher and special education specialist, and over the years also worked as an office cleaner in London, kitchen hand, shop assistant, waitress, photographer, Avon sales representative and betting shop clerk. Working as a wordsmith’s assistant encouraged her to develop her writing skills. Her first book was “Our Little Town”, a snapshot of life in the Victorian fishing village of Lakes Entrance across four generations and she is now working on “Ma’s Garden”, a novel based on the family and events surrounding the first year of publication, in 1902, of a local newspaper in the small Victorian town of Trafalgar.

Graeme Johnstone had a successful career as a journalist, including working for Australia’s biggest selling newspaper, “The Herald Sun”. He wrote its daily column, “A Place In the Sun”, catching the vibe of Melbourne and entertaining 1.3 million readers. Later he and Elsie established The Wordsmith’s Shop, writing material for a variety of clients. His first novel, “The Playmakers”, was based on the premise that William Shakespeare did not write the plays ascribed to him. He has written musicals including “Fugly”, a contemporary take on the Cyrano de Bergerac tale, and “Normie”, based on the 1960s experience of Australia’s King of Pop, Normie Rowe, which will premiere in 2012.

Graeme and Elsie lived in Ireland for a year researching and working on “Lover, Husband, Father, Monster”, outlining the degeneration and collapse of a contemporary marriage. It is told in two voices, with Elsie writing the wife’s story and Graeme contributing the husband’s view, and is available in two books on Smashwords.

Reviews of “Lover, Husband, Father, Monster” include:
‘Engrossing ... gripping ... an emotion-charged story.’
- Julie Tullberg, Herald Sun, Melbourne.

‘A chilling novel ... highlights the classic cycle of domestic violence.’
- Jane Barry, Courier Mail, Brisbane.

‘OMG what an ending!!! I couldn't put it down.’
- Elaine Medhurst, Just Books, Victoria.

Where to find G. & E. Johnstone online

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Lover, Husband, Father, Monster - Book 3, The Aftermath
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 90,730. Language: English. Published: November 16, 2015 by G. & E. Johnstone. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
What happens next? The deed done, the repercussions from Lover, Husband, Father, Monster Books One & Two are immediate and brutal. When Stuart Hoare threw his daughter over a bridge onto the motorway he unleashed a tidal wave of consequences and emotions irretrievably affecting lives of everybody in his orbit. The Aftermath is the third book in the trilogy of a love affair that went horribly wro
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 89,890. Language: English. Published: June 30, 2015 by G. & E. Johnstone. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Political biography
Joan Child was a trailblazer for women, a home help, hospital cook and widowed mother of five boys who rose to become the Australian Labor Party’s first woman Member of the Federal House of Representatives and the first woman Speaker of the House. This fiercely feminist women’s rights activist and anti-Vietnam campaigner broke through the glass ceiling and is an inspiration to all who follow.
The Playmakers
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 100,560. Language: English. Published: January 12, 2015 by G. & E. Johnstone. Categories: Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom
It’s the biggest lie in the English language. Four hundred years of duping the world. A tale of corruption, passion, murder - and our greatest literary works. Two remarkable men, the frenzied times they lived in and the fixated people around them. William Shakespeare. Christopher Marlowe. One is the real playwright. The other is the stooge. Which is which? ‘The Playmakers’. The novel that reveals
Our Little Town
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 124,440. Language: English. Published: November 20, 2014 by G. & E. Johnstone. Categories: Nonfiction » History » Australia & New Zealand
‘Our Little Town’ tells of the life and spirit of a Victorian fishing village through the voices of one family across five generations. Elsie Johnstone has captured the memories of 28 members of a Lakes Entrance clan stemming from William Carstairs, a founder and legendary fisherman. It colourfully re-creates growing up in a town of a few hundred people heavily dependent on the sea for survival.
Ma's Garden
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 111,910. Language: Australian English. Published: April 7, 2014 by G. & E. Johnstone. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Australia & New Zealand
In 1902 Christopher and Ethel ‘Ma’ Johnstone left the city with their young family to open a country newspaper. Ma’s Garden is a gentle tale about the first year of their new life, the people they meet, their tribulations, their celebrations. ‘Ma’ planted her garden on a barren block while Christopher trusted in his future. This story is the essence of a small town, not so different from today.
Rainbow Over Narre Warren
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 45,130. Language: English. Published: April 7, 2014 by G. & E. Johnstone. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Religious biography
Catholic priests receive such regular negative publicity that we tend to overlook the many good men who dedicate their lives to preaching the gospel and ministering to their congregations. Father John Allen was such a man. Although the priestly life is a solitary one that both connects and separates, Father John was amazingly connected and loved.
Angel Baby Names
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 12,450. Language: English. Published: October 6, 2011 by G. & E. Johnstone. Categories: Nonfiction » Parenting » Baby names
At birth we are all assigned a Guardian Angel, whose job is to provide us with knowledge, insight and guidance. What better way to start your baby’s life than by bestowing a name that is spiritual and protective, magnifying the link and ensuring blessings for your little cherub as he/she sets out on life’s path. More than 5000 Angel names, boys & girls, listed A-Z, with meanings & variations.
Lover, Husband, Father, Monster – Book 2, His Story
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 51,480. Language: English. Published: September 13, 2011 by G. & E. Johnstone. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Plays & Screenplays, Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
(5.00 from 1 review)
Told in two voices, a powerful tale of love, deception and shattered dreams as a well-meaning marriage collapses, rushing toward a chilling climax. In Book 2, His Story, Stuart gives his quite different view of events as his marriage to Jennifer falls apart. Who is right? Who is wrong? How does it come to such a tragic finish? A vengeful end that leaves the reader breathless.
Lover, Husband, Father, Monster - Book 1, Her Story
Price: Free! Words: 57,670. Language: English. Published: September 13, 2011 by G. & E. Johnstone. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Plays & Screenplays, Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
(4.50 from 6 reviews)
Told in two voices, a powerful tale of love, deception and shattered dreams as a well-meaning marriage collapses, reaching a chilling climax. In Book 1, Her Story, Jennifer tells of the initial joy fading as she finds herself and the children trapped in a loveless relationship dominated by Stuart, a controlling monster. Her cybersex hook-up with an ex-lover drives Stuart to seeking revenge.

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