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Fiction                                                                                                                               

Beethoven’s Tenth and the journey which saved the world                                                       

A small group of disgruntled characters seek revenge for the way their authors treated them. Led by Dr Watson (Sherlock Holmes) the group includes Toto (The Wonderful Wizard of Oz), E T A Hoffmann’s gifted though eccentric composer, Johannes Kreisler, and Ahab and Starbuck (Moby Dick). To publicise their cause, Kreisler works on Beethoven’s long-neglected Tenth Symphony. The group confronts mockery and physical danger but, showing real character, they stick to the task and the premiere of Beethoven’s Tenth is a triumph.   

 

“… a wonderfully funny, wonderfully clever social-political satire … a thoroughly good read.”                                                                                                                                      Living Arts Canberra

“… original in concept, original in style and, like the best satire, great fun masking serious intent.”                                                       Dymphna Stella Rees, author of A Paper Inheritance (UQP)

“… an intriguing concept … Rodgers proves to be a skilful ventriloquist, adapting to the cadences of his various characters … As a narrator, he offers some lovely descriptions, particularly of life at sea.”                                                                                                                   Kirkus Reviews

Available from Amazon (paperback and e-book) and through all major book-selling websites. For a signed copy, contact the author direct: peter.rodgers@makeyourpoint.com.au

Life, Death and Other Distractions                                            

Life, Death and Other Distractions is a masterclass for                   the writing of short stories. They are wry and witty, comical-tragical and tragical-comical, funny and poignant, and above all wonderfully short. They are little pleasure pills.”

Marion Halligan, award-winning author (including The Age, ACT Book of the Year, Commonwealth Writers’ Prize)

“With deft shifts in mood, place, time and genre, Rodgers establishes himself as a skilful storyteller. The gamut of human experience is here, acutely observed and offered with poignant reflection, whimsy, a deliciously wry streak and, at times, suspense and shock. Rodgers cloaks wisdoms in allegory, moments of profound understanding in humour and entertains with an eclectic cast of characters.”                                     Felicity Volk, award-winning author of Desire Lines and Lightning

“Peter Rodgers [is] a highly skilled and entertaining writer … In a genre where every paragraph, sentence and word must count [he] has excelled.”                   Living Arts Canberra

“… a roller coaster of life, death and satirical gems.”                 Jordan’s Crossing Gazette

Available from Ginninderra Press (www.ginninderrapress.com.au), Amazon (paperback and e-book) and through all major book-selling websites. For a signed copy, contact the author: peter.rodgers@makeyourpoint.com.au

The Prison of Memory

One hundred years on from the Balfour Declaration of 1917, fifty years after a miraculous delivery from its foes, Israel is again threatened. A Palestinian State sits uneasily on its borders, watching, waiting, plotting. Within Israel, those who see any surrender of the land trodden by their ancestors as a betrayal of God’s commands to his chosen ones now rise in anger. A tense new day unfolds, adding new wrongs to old evils. None can escape the prison of memory

“Any number of thrillers try to over-simplify and over-dramatise the Middle East. Rodgers … has written a political and psychological novel, not a thriller but a smarter and deeper book.”                                                                         The Canberra Times

The author does a terrific job of presenting many complex, thought-provoking issues … Without sacrificing the dynamics of the thriller, he offers a refreshing opportunity to reconsider one of the last seemingly insoluble conflicts in world affairs.”                             brothersjudd.com

“… a polished page-turner with some bite.”                                                    The Weekend Australian

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Non-fiction

Herzl’s Nightmare — one land, two peoples

Cover of Herzl's NightmareTheodor Herzl’s dream of a national homeland for the Jewish people was realized when Israel declared its independence in 1948. Yet it was made possible through the deaths of millions of European Jews and at the expense of Palestinian society—a people who would never forget what they saw as a grave injustice. Herzl’s dream would prove illusory.

“Peter Rodgers is a brave man. He has the courage to write what many of us feel about the Arab-Israel conflict but dare not say—that our world is hostage to a struggle with no apparent solution in a blood-soaked land that is captive to past … This is a brilliant, timely and disturbing book.”

Phillip Knightley, author of The First Casualty

Arabian Plights — the future Middle East

Cover of Arabian PlightsThe Arab footprint on our world is profound – from Islam to astronomy, from oil to Osama bin Laden. But can the threads of a shared language, a mostly shared religion, and overlapping historical experience equip Arab states to meet the demands of the twenty-first century? The demand for food, water, education, and jobs, all driven by huge population growth, plus the big picture issues of global warming and national and regional security are the stuff of nightmares.

“Rodgers not only asks the pertinent question, What will the Middle East look like in 2020, but is courageous enough to have a stab at answering it and to prescribe what needs to be done to avoid disaster.”
Robert Newton, former Australian diplomat

“… any readers of his book would put it down significantly better informed than when they picked it up.”
Jake Lynch, Director of the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Sydney

“… a knowledgeable, passionate, intelligent argument for change in Western dealings with the Middle East.”                                                                                   Sarah Hogan, Media Culture reviews

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