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I'm Gary Heilbronn. I write fiction and non-fiction. My fiction, novels and short stories, covers various historical and science issues. My non-fiction comes from my career as an law academic and specialist in litigation and aviation law. I'm Australian but live mostly in SW France. I hope you'll like some of my books
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BEGINNINGS multi-layered novel about the workings of genetic memory through many generations of women and the impact of revenge.
It is an historical drama played out over millennia with multi-layered themes of love, intrigue, myth, science and true historical detail. Set in the Basque areas of Spain and France over two decades of civil war, nazi occupation, liberation and political division, powerful characters play out an ancient cycle of murder and revenge resurfacing to haunt a young woman and her daughter seeking to escape war and violence; but there is no escaping the past.
ENDINGS is the sequel to BEGINNINGS. It is not yet released. it follows the adult life of the main character of the earlier novel, who, forced to leave her native Basque country in the early 1960s after killing a Franco spy who was about to rape and murder her mother, exiles herself first in Oxford England, then lees to the reaches of North-Eastern Australia in a short-lived marriage. She soon breaks away and establishes a career for herself as an academic just as the politically tumultuous years of the late sixties rock the old institutions of an Australia, still attached to its colonial heritage but engaged in a violent, hopeless and controversial war with it's American allies in Vietnam.
Both BEGINNINGS and ENDINGS were in part inspired by the plight of Spanish republican sympathizers forced into exile to escape the murderous fascist forces of General Franco who continued to pursue his enemies until well after the civil war had ended.
Many of the basques escaped into the Basque territory in extreme S.W. France either through dangerous manned border posts or perilous marches through the Pyrenees Mountains in the west and in the east.
Refugees from Franco's fascist forces clambering for entry into eastern France in Catalonia.. Many transitted or ended up in insalubrious refugee camps, though most were emptied before the Nazi occupation of France was complete in 1942. Some refugees were sent back to Spain and certain death.
"DIARY OF A DOG - Growing up in the 50s" is actually a memoir of the author's very early years in the inner suburbs of Brisbane intertwined with the lives of the dogs who have been a part of his life. It is not yet available.
NOT YET RELEASED. This is the story of John and Mary, their real names, who immigrated to Botany Bay in 1850. What followed was a life of simple joys, hardship, loss, success and disaster. It is a collection of short revealing the ups and downs of their lives sometimes through their own eyes, sometimes through the eyes of their descendants.
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Others of my books have been published by other major professional publishing houses