To be published UK July 2017, Australia August 2017, USA January 2018.
THE first biography of Lady Ottoline Morrell revised and updated by SANDRA JOBSON DARROCH with added Interludes about her meetings with the last members of the Bloomsbury Group, being stalked in the grounds of Welbeck Abbey by the 7th Duke of Portland, and other anecdotes about Ottoline, her lovers - particularly Betrand Russell - and the early 20th Century world of writers and artists she invited to her home, Garsington.
DOING TIME IN BEIJING
By YVONNE PRESTON
To be launched August 2017.
SENT by The Australian Financial Review to Beijing at the end of Chairman Mao's iron grip on China, and again later in the early 1990s, YVONNE PRESTON gives a vivid account of her two postings as a foreign correspondent, in China and paints a picture of two very different Chinas.
THE AUSTRALIAN AND UK LAUNCH OF ROBERT DARROCH’S DH LAWRENCE’S 99 DAYS IN AUSTRALIA
Darroch's book: DH Lawrence’s 99 Days in Australia, Vol1, The Quest for Cooley and Vol2: The Silvery Freedom…and the Horrible Paws” is available from Amazon (for Kindle) and Print-on-Demand (POD). Just go to Amazon Books web site and key in ROBERT DARROCH. His book is also available on iTUNES and Barnes & Noble.
The two volumes were launched first in Australia on August 25, 2016, by former Australian Foreign Minister and former Premier of NSW, Bob Carr (see video below) and then in the UK a week after Robert delivered a paper titled "The Curious Incident of the Red Wooden Heart" at the International D.H. Lawrence Conference at St Ives, Cornwall, UK, on Monday September 12, 2016.
The incident of the “red wooden heart” which Lawrence had given Frieda when he was first courting her, and then gave it to Benjamin Cooley, “Kangaroo”, was, Rob explained to the Conference delegates, a crucial event in the novel.
Our two photos show Rob Darroch delivering his paper at the Conference, and Rob Darroch outside the Tinners’ Ams, the county pub at Zennor in Cornwall where Lawrence and Frieda stayed before they moved into their cottage.
Robert Darroch at the International D.H. Lawrence Conference
The Lost Girl with an Introduction
“How D.H. Lawrence Found his Lost Girl in Cornwall”
by Sandra Jobson
Sandra Jobson (Darroch) delivering her paper at the D.H. Lawrence International Conference at St Ives, Cornwall, UK., on September 14, She spoke about her literary discovery that Lawrence had based part of his character Alvina in his novel The Lost Girl on the New Zealand writer Katherine Mansfield, who had lived next door to him in Cornwall in 1916.
The conference date coincided with the UK launch of the Svengali Press/ETTImprint edition of a reformatted reprint of the original US (1921) edition of The Lost Girl with an Introduction “How D.H. Lawrence Found his Lost Girl in Cornwall” by Sandra Jobson. The book will also be launched in Australia on Sandra’s return from the UK, and will be available from Amazon for Print-on-Demand and the Kindle, as well as for tablet-viewing on iTunes.
A distinguished group of Sydney's legal leaders joined Club Members at the Union, University and Schools Club on Friday August 9 to celebrate the launch of former Appeals Court Judge John Bryson's book Bar, Bench & Land Law.
This collection of amusing anecdotes about various judges Bryson has known, the growth of the Phillip Street barristers' chambers, and a treatise on English Land Law from medieval times to the present day, is published by The Svengali Press. An e-book and Print-on-demand version is also available.
The distingusihed QC, Keith Mason AO, launched the book, telling some very funny stories about Gough Whitlam and Sir John Kerr.
After the launch, John Bryson signed copies of his book. Proceeds will go to the Barristers' Benevolent Fund.
IT WAS WORTH IT!
VOLUME 2 LAUNCHED
Christopher Dawson addresses the audience at the launch of Ian's Volume 2
THE launch of Volume 2 of Ian Collins's memoirs titled It was Worth It! was held at the Union University and Schools Club on Friday August 19 - the second book launch for The Svengali Press in August, with another one to come on August 25.
Club Member Christopher Dawson made a fine speech to launch Ian's book, mentioning his amusing tales of life in Vietnam during the war, when Ian spent some time there working as a medico..
The book also contains poetry and fiction by Ian, stories about his tussles wit the then premier of NSW, Neville Wran, and other incidents in his busy 93 years of life.
Proceeds from the sale of his book go to Rotary International. If you wish to purchase a copy, click HERE..
SEE VIDEO OF BOB CARR LAUNCHING DARROCH'S BOOK
Bob Carr (left) and author Robert Darroch (right) at the launch of DH Lawrence's 99 Days in Australia at the NSW State Library
FORMER NSW Premier and ex-Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr, when launching Robert Darroch’s new book DH Lawrence’s 99 Days in Australia, said: “This carefully-researched work shows how Lawrence became involved with a fascist secret army in Australia in 1922, and demonstrates that his Australian novel Kangaroo is the story of that involvement.”
Bob Carr, who officially launched the two volumes of Robert Darroch’s book on Thursday August 25, has had a long interest in Lawrence in Australia. In 1993, when Planning Minister in the NSW State Government, he had an Interim Preservation Order placed on Wyewurk, the cottage at Thirroul where Lawrence wrote his 8th major novel, Kangaroo, in a scant 33 days.
“Lawrence had to have got the novel’s secret army content at first hand from local sources. He didn’t have time to do any research. Darroch’s day-by-day reconstruction of his time in Sydney and Thirroul shows that it had to have come from actual secret army leaders in Sydney,” Carr said.
Darroch’s books, the result of more than 40 year’s research into Lawrence’s time in Australia, reveals what he calls “the fascist underbelly of Australian society and politics” between the wars. He also describes a homosexual encounter Lawrence had with one of the secret army leaders which led him to repudiate the fascist nature of the organisation he had stumbled into in Sydney – what Lawrence called “the scaly back of the reptile, and the horrible paws”.
A limited colour edition of DH Lawrence’s 99 Days in Australia is available from The Svengali Press. Please click HERE to order. An e-book and Print-on-Demand (POD) version will be available soon. Further details shortly.