Stuart Campbell began writing fiction in the eighties, but was diverted by the need to earn a living; those early literary efforts lie - thankfully - deep in landfill somewhere near London. After exiting the world of academia he restarted his affair with writing fiction in 2011.
His first novel 'The Play's the Thing' is a satire set in Bandicoot Ridge, a mountain village in Australia which finds itself at the centre of a bitter political battle. It has been revised and republished in 2016 as 'The Making of Martin F. Mooney'.
He switches the setting to England for his second novel 'An Englishman's Guide to Infidelity', a black comedy about middle-class morality gone wrong.
His third novel 'Cairo Mon Amour', a story of espionage, betrayal and love during the Yom Kippur War in 1973, was published by Austin Macauley Publishers in 2017 under a traditonal (non-contributory) contract.
Meanwhile, Stuart has produced a novella 'Ash on the Tongue', which, along with 'Cairo Mon Amour' and 'Bury me in Valletta' forms the Pierre Farag Espionage series.
Stuart was formerly a Professor of Linguistics and a Pro Vice Chancellor at Western Sydney University. He has published numerous books, chapters and research articles in the areas of translation studies and Arabic linguistics. Stuart holds the title of Emeritus Professor.
Born in London, Stuart has lived in Sydney since the seventies.
London, 1975. Student Emma Stonehouse is about to prove she’s got the guts to be a serious political activist. But her dad Ralph, a senior intelligence bureaucrat in Whitehall, has a dirty little secret. When Emma makes her move, a clandestine espionage operation is thrown into peril. Egyptian-Armenian exile Pierre Farag is hired to salvage the operation.
Professor Martin F. Mooney is a fading poster boy of the inner-city elites: Left-leaning, middle-aged and too frisky with his female students, he's looking for a way out of the university before he's pushed. Politics seems the obvious next step. This contemporary satire set in Sydney, Australia is your perfect literary companion in the Trump-Brexit era.
The Walsinghams dabble in petty crime as they try to enliven a failing marriage. But a figure from the past tips them into a double murder plot. Could this respectable Home Counties couple really be killers?