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FIVE NOVEL IDEAS

WILL LOVE FIND A WAY?

Short of Love by Martin Knox is a biofiction thriller novel available on Amazon. 

Bride and bridegroom dowries are in the past but trading in love is still common everywhere. When Tom is unable to get with Vicki and she tricks him, he puts her aside until later when he can afford the time and he has a good job. He does a short trade with a friend, as if she were a consenting commodity. But the scheme backfires. The two try to get together but their ambitious careers are obstacles, his being overseas. Knox’s explanations of commodity trading and petroleum production reveal dramatic events.

The story is a satire, a romp through normal human mating conventions.

Their love is ill-fated but he remains hopeful. His work is CEO of an international oil company caught up in civil war in a famine-stricken African country. When Vicki confronts him with his responsibility, will love find a way?

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FIVE NOVELS BY MARTIN KNOX

ANIMAL FARM 2

George Orwell’s 1945 political satire with animals taking over a farm is continued as a sequel from after the Revolution, through the Cold War, up to modern times. They are ruled by pig totalitarianism, seek liberation and discover that climate science has a new paradigm. 

TIME IS GOLD

Maxi is a champion distance runner when she meets Jack who is doing a PhD in physics and has a new theory of time dilation she can test. He coaches her to break the world marathon record.

SHORT OF LOVE

Tom is an ambitious university student when he falls for Vicki. She tricks him and he delays their relationship, putting her on hold, as a commodity short. It backfires and the two try to get back together but their careers are obstacles.

PRESUMED DEAD

A crime fiction thriller is set in fictional Alexandra, ruled by partisan self-interest and a hung parliament. When Councillor Jane, the only independent, disappears, her partner and colleague, who is a forensic scientist, investigates. Dr Phillip Keane leads a think tank to consider the possibilities with meticulous logic.

THE GRASS IS ALWAYS BROWNER

An Australian saga set 250 years in the future when environmental, economic, societal and political conditions are radically altered. The story follows a dynasty of Aborigines who lead the nation in dealing with religious and regional challenges. 

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THE SLAP AND SHORT OF LOVE

My novel Short of Love (2018) is compared below with ‘The Slap’ by Christos Tsiolkas (2008).

His book is a bestseller and has been made into a movie mini-series (2011). I like the book very much.

Genre of ‘The Slap’ is urban psychological fiction. The genre of Short of Love is fictionalised autobiography in an epic thriller. The two books are similar in that both stories narrate events subsequent to unusual incidents that are pivotal in causing social groups to disintegrate.

The Slap is set in an urban tribe in Melbourne having a microcosm of social ills, family loyalties, passions and dysfunctional relationships. An incident mars a family gathering and the aftermath destabilises their lives.

Short of Love is set in England and Canada, beginning with Tom as a schoolboy and following the threads of his dysfunctional relationship with his crush, Vicki and his career as an engineer and corporate executive until his retirement. Tom is tricked to take a lie detector test and again when he trades Vicki in a ‘short’ deal with a friend, as a commodity to acquire later. The book satirizes conventional love relationships but the strategies backfire disastrously, blowing him and Vicki apart. He gains a top job in Canada but Vicki, a school counsellor, stays in England. On the rebound he marries Ruth, expecting to resume with Vicki later.

The books are pre-occupied with consequences of traumas affecting lives of the characters in unpredictable ways. The reader will be entertained in The Slap by the misbehaviour of suburbanites. Short of Love recounts antics of irrepressible university students in Liverpool in the Beatles era, later as hippies and then as vulnerable obsessive adults in a fast-moving page turner.

Short of Love is an unconventional story recording morals that changed with the times. The focus is on Tom’s relationship with Vicki and it keeps the reader guessing. It is a tantalizing love story with an unexpected ending. 

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