Modern Literature

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  • Book II of  The Savage Saga. Johnny Savage, having narrowly survived a ride through Cuba with Teddy Roosevelt's Rough Riders, returns to America to become involved with the movie business - a business which poses a serious challenge to his fidelity. In Hong Kong, Johnny's half-sister Julie lives the high life with her Chinese husband Tim - until he pays a hefty price for undermining the Dowager Empress's power. But as the next generation of Savages grows, it provides more harrowing worries and embarrassments than Johnny, Rachel or Julie could have ever imagined. Johnny and Rachel's daughter is a heavy-drinking swinger of the '20s; Rachel's son by Franco is involved with bootlegging and the mob; his sister marries a prominent Fascist in Italy; Johnny and Rachel's son has a string of romantic dalliances that earn him the nickname "the Naked Savage"; and Julie's daughter, Jasmine, is getting dangerously close to the new dictator of China. Brought low by the Depression and their own weaknesses, will the Savages rise again?
  • In World War II, five men banded together in the Underground Resistance to make life miserable for the Germans in the south of France: The Tiger; The Elephant; The Leopard; The Wolf and The Fox. Naturally, they became known as the Zoo Gang. Thirty years after the war ended, the Zoo Gang re-emerges on the Riviera, this time to fight a different enemy: the criminal underworld that lurks just below the surface of the sunshine, pretty girls, holiday-makers and wealthy lotus-eaters of the Cote d'Azur.
  • Michael 'Butcher' Boone is an former 'really famous' painter - opinionated, furious, brilliant - and now reduced to living in the remote country house of his biggest collector and acting as caretaker for his younger brother, Hugh, a damaged man of imposing physicality and childlike emotional volatility. Alone together they’ve forged a delicate and shifting equilibrium, a balance instantly destroyed when a mysterious young woman named Marlene walks out of a rainstorm and into their lives on three-inch Manolo Blahnik heels. Beautiful, smart, and ambitious, she’s also the daughter-in-law of the late great artist Jacques Liebovitz, one of Butcher’s earliest influences. She’s sweet to Hugh and falls in love with Butcher, and they reciprocate in kind. And she sets in motion a chain of events that could be the making - or the ruin - of them all.
  • Book VIII of The Great South Land Saga.  Drifting helplessly on a vast and empty sea is a longboat carrying fourteen survivors from the  Sea Queen, which burnt and sank en route from Auckland to Sydney. For twelve days the castaways are at the mercy of the sea; and in that time of terror, exposure and starvation the veneer of their normal lives is shed to reveal lust, hate and fears of their inner selves.  When at last the survivors are cast up on the shore of the North Coast, they find a wild land of tall timber and dense scrub where the cedar getters toil, where the hardy settlers wrest a living from the rich soil and the first schooners glide up the vine-hung rivers.
  • This is a story of victory, not on the battlefield, but in the heart of a man who returns to England after three years of soldiering and finds that his once happy little world has been shattered. 'They Lived That Spring' is a story of husband and wife, of father and' child, of love turned to hatred, of unjustified suspicion and tragic misunderstanding. It tells also of courage and human sympathy; and how, by the friendship of a young woman and an old priest, Norman Howard fights his way back through the dark night of bitterness to dignity, happiness and peace.

  • A railway porter and his new wife find themselves living the Bohemian life while on their honeymoon in Hungary just before World War II.  But do they really understand what they've got themselves into? A 'sort of' sequel to Roberts' Victoria 4.3o.
  • London, 1938. Young Jim Brown, a porter at London's Victoria Station, comes into a large sum of money and takes his aspirational girlfriend Lizzie Parrish on the foreign trip he's always promised her. During their eventful journey they find themselves caught up in high society, a daring mercy mission, and a Europe darkening under the cloud of Nazism. "Money turns people's heads...With the result they see things they never saw before.”  Set in Vienna and Budapest during the advent of the Nazi invasion, this is a moving, thought-provoking yet often amusing story of a naive young couple whose lives are changed forever by the turmoil of a continent at war with itself.  Featuring characters from the bestseller Victoria Four-thirty, this book can also be read and enjoyed as a stand-alone novel.
  • Nino is an Italian journalist and one day his editor, who finds that Nino is a pain in the head, sends him to Australia to find out why so many Italians are heading Down Under. Nino sets off with no preconceived ideas of what he'll find when he gets there, but he's comforted by the knowledge he can speak and understand English. Having got into trouble fighting with some other Italians on board ship, Nino is escorted from the ship at Sydney by two policeman and is immediately in hot water again.  But he's determined to be an Australian and of course, he must learn to speak Australian first. He takes a job as a builder's labourer, meets a swag of new mates and gets involved in a  riot of hilarious predicaments along the way. Regarded as one of the funniest books ever written about Australia and Australians. Illustrations by the irrepressible 'Wep'.
  • Nino is an Italian journalist and one day his editor, who finds that Nino is a pain in the head, sends him to Australia to find out why so many Italians are heading Down Under. Nino sets off with no preconceived ideas of what he'll find when he gets there, but he's comforted by the knowledge he can speak and understand English. Having got into trouble fighting with some other Italians on board ship, Nino is escorted from the ship at Sydney by two policeman and is immediately in hot water again.  But he's determined to be an Australian and of course, he must learn to speak Australian first. He takes a job as a builder's labourer, meets a swag of new mates and gets involved in a  riot of hilarious predicaments along the way. Regarded as one of the funniest books ever written about Australia and Australians. Illustrations by the irrepressible 'Wep'.