Trouble at the Pearly Gates

trouble at pearly gatesWhat would happen if you arrived at the Pearly Gates and discovered Saint Peter had gone on strike?

An ever increasing number of souls have arrived at the Pearly Gates and nothing is happening. Joe is not impressed with the situation and wants to find out the cause of the of the delay. Maree wants to have a discussion with God about his design of the human race and why he does nothing to help.

They escape into the dark and find the unconventional route into heaven. Once inside they discover that this has given them a distinct advantage over the other inhabitants of heaven. But there is another force that is unbeknown to Joe and Maree. There is another entity in the universe that none of them have any power over.

Meanwhile, back amongst the living, Ted and Brian have found the perfect marketing strategy for a product that will ensure the consumers successful transit into heaven.

A satirical, existential and humerous read about two characters in search of the truth behind heaven. What they find is much different to what we have been told. An absurd and fantastical look at what heaven might be like given that God created us in his own image. If the human condition, in this the 21st century, is preoccupied with commercialism, possessions and selfish desires, has spirituality and kindness given way to company profits?

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the red dustMy childhood was spent on my parent’s property, west of Griffith on the edge of the Hay plain. This property was one of sixty that were a part of a soldier settlement scheme. It is dated during the 1960s.

In 65 and 66 there was a severe drought. “The Red Dust’ tells the story of the community during this dry time.

Although the novel tackles such issues as isolation, education, distance, social structure, first nation people and the aftermath of WW2 on the settlers, the novel obsessively deals with the women who followed their husbands into this hash environment.

Marg Stirling, the main character, has difficulty finding her place in this land that offered her little. The story follows her realisation and acceptance of her lot in this very tough land.

In this novel I have tried to capture the spirit of the outback. It’s extremes, it’s unpredictability, the constant battle to survive but most importantly it’s great peace and beauty. It is a description of the uniqueness of this land and its effect upon the inhabitants.

It has been written as homage to my parents and the community we were a part of. 

by author Phil Aughey

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