Jeff Hopkins Gift Pack 1

Jeff Hopkins Gift Pack 1

Jeff Hopkins

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Jeff Hopkins Gift Pack 1

Jeff Hopkins 

1. Artifice: An Ingenious Expedient

It is 1974 and Fiona Beaumont is escaping from a failed relationship and a career in the art world that has stalled. She makes a spur of the moment decision to change direction and interacts with two generations from two very different families. The Mitchells, a service family who are constantly on the move, end up in Munich in Germany where Deutronics, a multi national electronics corporation, provides them with a lifestyle of which they could hardly have dreamed. The Robertsons from the western districts of Victoria have farmed at Casterton for four generations but their landholding future is uncertain as their only son, Tim, has a prodigious artistic talent and seems destined not to be a farmer following in his father's footsteps. Then there is Jeremy, a "golden boy," the Mitchells' eldest son whose sexual dawning, desires, and denials cause him to discover a different self. He wants to "bite off big chunks of life, chew them up, and spit out the distasteful bits." Slowly creeping into the consciousness of Tim, Fiona, and Jeremy is the influence of a 16th century Italian painter called Caravaggio. For all its participants life has it crossroads and culs-de-sac, some get left behind, but most go on to foster a new generation of players. 

BOOK DETAILS

Trim size: 6 x 9 inches (15.24 x 22.86 cm)

Page count:  208

Internal pages: B&W

2. Reflections: A Story of Friendship

It is the 25th April 1919 and Captain Christopher Murphy has been invited back to his old school, Guildale College, to deliver an address in the first year of peace after The Great War. When he arrives at East Guildale railway station, which is adjacent to the school, a flood of memories come rushing back. Captain Murphy's reflections go back to 1908; his final year at Guildale College Preparatory School and Stephen Lamont appears for the first time. Life during that year at the 'Prep.' is retraced and a tragedy, from which a great friendship grows, is recalled. 1909 - 1913 in the Guildale College Senior School is a series of vignettes. Each one is based on a year in the school life of the five main characters.

During 1917, some of the boys from Guildale College reappear as young men facing the horrors of trench warfare at Fleurbaix on the Western Front. Captain Murphy faces a personal crisis, but an old association helps him. Captain Murphy's reverie on East Guildale railway station is interrupted, as it is time for the commemoration service. His reflections have helped him crystallise his thoughts on duty, dreams and friendship, but most importantly on the significance of this Service of Remembrance. He now knows what he must say and with renewed confidence, he walks up to the school to deliver his address.

BOOK DETAILS

Trim size: 6 x 9 inches (15.24 x 22.86 cm)

Page count: 212

Internal pages: B&W

3. The Gavins John Story

Gavin Maxwell Johns was born in Georgia, in the United States, orphaned in Hertfordshire in England and sent to the Fairbridge Farm School in Pinjarra, Western Australia as a child migrant in 1935.  At Fairbridge, he meets his aggressive and undisciplined friend, Luke Fitzgerald and finds the only place he can control Luke is in the milking shed.

In 1942, the United States army requisition Guildford Grammar School buildings as a Military Hospital and the staff and boys are evacuated to live in cottages at the Fairbridge Farm School for a period of nearly two years.  An incongruous juxtaposition of boys from different backgrounds, socio-economic status and with contrasting views of the world, leads to inevitable conflict.  Alexander Grayson Erickson, a dairy farmer’s son from Cowaramup in his fourth year as a boarder at Guildford Grammar School, gets caught up in all of this.

When George Brander’s dead body is found in a derelict shearing shed, Constables Belle Beamish and Pat Molineux from Pinjarra Police Station are given the task of investigating.  Their inquires lead to a litany of lies, deceptive dead ends and a chief suspect who has absconded from Fairbridge Farm School and cannot be traced.

George Brander’s murder investigation is archived, and it is not until 1971 that it is reopened, when now Detective Inspector Belle Beamish and Detective Sergeant Pat Molineux are reunited at the Perth Criminal Investigation Branch. They still face the old problem of a missing chief suspect, but the investigation has been complicated by the events that have unfolded over the past three decades. Just when Belle Beamish thinks she has cracked the cold case everything is turned on its head, and her theories are seriously disrupted.

BOOK DETAILS

Trim size: 6 x 9 inches (15.24 x 22.86 cm)

Page count: 352

Internal pages: B&W

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