Jim Reay Novels & Short Stories

Read the latest from author Jim Reay

The Napoleon Curse

The Napoleon Curse is now available from Amazon.

546 pages of thrilling excitement set in Fiji, New Caledonia, the Coral Sea, Cairns, the Queensland Gemfields and Papua New Guinea. Click here to read sample chapters and more about the story. Facebook here.



Rams Skull Press

Rams Skull Press are continuing to offer my books, while current stocks last. I encourage you to visit the Rams Skull website. They gave me my start in publishing and they are good people. They have a niche business and are sole distributors of the works of the late Ron Edwards OAM.

Catching Legends $14.00

Searching for Siobhan, The Run or The Chess Board $19.00

Roller Coaster $22.00

The Run – Front CoverThe Chess Board ÔÇô Front coverRoller Coaster – Front CoverSearching for Siobhan ÔÇô Front CoverCatching Legends Young Adult Fiction Jim Reay

Don’t miss out! Contact the Rams Skull website TODAY!

The Chess Board is now an eBook

The Chess Board is now available on Kindle/Amazon

This is my first venture into eBooks. Please spread the word and enjoy your reading.

The Chess Board ÔÇô Front cover

Morality for the 21st century

The UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights is an aspirational document formulated in 1948 and often held as the standard for good behaviour – how we should treat each other. Whilst the articles are often cherry-picked to emphasise an individual’s right to self interest, it is rare for anyone to refer to Article 29 which implies responsibility to a community or society at large.

Article 29 states:

(1) Everyone has duties to the community in which alone the free and full development of his personality is possible.
(2) In the exercise of his rights and freedoms, everyone shall be subject only to such limitations as are determined by law solely for the purpose of securing due recognition and respect for the rights and freedoms of others and of meeting the just requirements of morality, public order and the general welfare in a democratic society.

As the population of the planet approaches 8 billion by 2025, we need to be aware that this document was formulated  when the population was about a quarter of this projection, and the rationale was based to a large extent on the writings of The Enlightenment when the population was well less than 1 billion. Does context have an influence on what might be considered to be right or wrong behaviour?

In democratic societies, if the majority feel significantly disadvantaged while seeing 1% of the people controlling most wealth, power and advantage, then that is surely a recipe for a cultural change in thinking about moral responsibility. Revolutions in the past have happened when ruling groups did not listen to the disquiet of the majority. (cf French revolution, Russian revolution.)

In a globalised world, surely there is a need for a global approach to reducing the exponential growth of population, the plundering of natural resources and a culture of amassing financial fortunes at the expense of others. Rather, we should be building toward sustainable models of economic growth and an international legal framework which, as in Article 29 (2), limits individual rights proportionate to the general welfare of all people on the planet. Yes? No?



Roller Coaster – now available

My latest novel, Roller Coaster, is now available . More information under Novels.

Roller Coaster – Front Cover

‘The Run’ is available

The Run is now available, 340 pages set mainly in the Mediterranean. Can an aged revolutionary gain redemption by solving the impasse in the Middle East? And at what cost? See Access my Books.

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Catching Legends Young Adult Fiction Jim Reay

Searching for Siobhan ÔÇô Front CoverThe Chess Board ÔÇô Front cover








Catching Legends, The Chess Board, Searching for Siobhan and The Run are all available from the Rams Skull Press, Brassall, Queensland. Check out their new website at . My books are under Fiction.

More details of the books on my website in the Novels section.The Run – Final Front Cover

If you live in Brisbane, The Chess Board and Searching for Siobhan are on the shelves of the Brisbane City Council Libraries or you can place a hold online and, for 80 cents, it will be delivered to your local library.

If you live elsewhere, contact your local bookseller or library. If the book is not on their shelves, ask them to order it for you. Booksellers, libraries and their contractors can approach Rams Skull Press for trade wholesale rates so that they can sell to you at RRP, still with their margin. Rams Skull Press send books all over Australia and overseas.

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New short story – Bush Wisdom

Writing as Tom Andrews, my latest short story – Bush Wisdom – was published in Idiom 23. the CQU Annual Literary  Magazine, in March 2016.

Click here for the link to my Short Story page to read the story.

Laughter lives on!

IMG_0258Vale Ronnie Corbett, the diminutive Scottish comedian, who was the shorter part of The Two Ronnies comedy duo with Ronnie Barker.

If you don’t understand the photo, click on this memory of classic 1970s humour.

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