Award Winning Children's Book Smuggler's Curse

Swashbuckling? Me? Only in my Head.

I have been amused in recent months, ever since The Smuggler's Curse was published that reviewers have been using the word 'swashbuckling' about me. Nothing could be further from the truth as I'm such a  gentle soul, though, in my head, there are all sorts of swashbuckling scenes going on. It's like living in my own private movie, with cannon firing, endless sword fights, pirates swinging from yardarms while all accompanied by scores of dramatic soundtracks from loads of old movies I've seen.

One problem I have  is getting all this dramatic stuff down on paper while still making it sound exciting. The other is talking about it to groups of people who have read the book, like is this case at Koorliny Arts Centre, Kwinana,  on Wednesday March 29th.

I have no idea how many people will be attending, as  it can be a bit of a hike south, but even if you've heard all my jokes before, I gather that the centre is really good and food provided by Monique Mulligan, the organiser and interviewer, is well worth the journey, and I know she'll be right on the ball with her Inquisition, thumbscrews and torture rack extracting every detail and entrail from me .  See you there?  I sure hope so.




A Great Review of The Smuggler

Here is a great review from Yudhishthiran, age 14, who I imagine was named after a great Hindu god. In my opinion, he is very perceptive and has excellent taste in books :) 

"The Smuggler’s Curse is an amazing book. I literally couldn’t put the book down; I stayed up all night reading it and loved every minute! 

The story is told from the perspective of the young Red Read (amazing name) whose life takes a shocking turn when his mother sells him off to an infamous smuggler/pirate who hauls him off to the high seas of the world. From Australia to Singapore, he develops from a weedy cabin boy to one of the foremost members of the crew, saving his comrades’ lives and learning to master living on a ship under the rule of one of the most ruthless, infamous, fun-loving smuggler captains ever known.

This book would be quite good for all age groups, though I think it is best suited for children around the age of 12-15 years old. Some of the words are quite complex, but the main reason I’d recommend this for teenagers is because some of the deaths are rather detailed and could be potentially disturbing for younger readers.

The Smuggler’s Curse is a sensational book with a captivating storyline and great character development, one of the best books I have ever read. Reading about Red Read’s journey over the oceans of the world with a crew of criminal cutthroats has been enjoyable and interesting--the perfect blend of thrilling action and realistic feeling."

Yudhishthiran, age 14