Lovatt's "Charlie Smithers - Adventures Down Under" is a gripping and
totally fabulous tale where characters make you discover the Australian
outback in all it's glory. It reminded me of Jules Verne's incomparable
writing with a touch of humor and just enough details to unveil the panorama of this harsh but yet tantalizing country. Absolutely
recommending it - Well done Chuck !Charlie Smithers: Adventures Downunder
d. arcadian has taken the time to write reviews for others of my books for which I am deeply grateful. Without exception they are thoughtful, chock-filled with insight, and are a writer's dream in that she 'gets it.'
An amazingly complex story
told in a disarmingly simple and easy to read style that keeps the
reader turning from page to page. The narrator is the title character,
Josiah Stubb and it is his story and is his struggle to rise above the
life into which he was born and become someone that he, himself can
respect. It is a remarkably brave and confident author who can tackle
the subjects in this book, subjects that should never be taboo but sadly
often are, with tact, sensitivity and without any hint of smuttiness or
gratuitous sexual content. C. W. Lovatt has proved, yet again, that his
work is up there with the best of the classics and this book deserves
to be one that is still on shelves and being read in a hundred years,
not just for the meticulously researched and told battle scenes, but for
the extremely accurate and vivid portraits of social history and life
at that place at this point in history. It is exceptionally fine, honest
and tells a labyrinthine and enthralling tale in an approachable and
easy to digest manner.
The siege and battle scenes are so well
described that the reader actually feels to be part of the action and
coupled with the photographs of the areas on the author's own website,
somehow give an almost three D aspect to a war that is still causing
The historical detail is incredibly accurate and
has some very fascinating little snippets of information that bring the
era and the place to life. The author has gone to considerable lengths
to keep the content honest and accurate within the framework of the
personnel who inhabit the pages and has also undertaken many, many hours
of painstaking research and fieldtrips to ensure that each detail is
The story is told with warmth and compassion
and occasionally with big hearted humour. Josiah Stubb and the people
who surround him, are more than just characters in a book, they become
real living human beings for whom we, the reader, develop feelings and
to whom we can relate. C W Lovatt has pulled off a master stroke in
creating Fat Sally as a warm and humorous woman, making a character
whose actions could make the reader thoroughly dislike and despise her
into one who we embrace with warmth and laughter. As always with this
incredible writer’s work, every word has been measured and placed just
where it belongs for maximum impact and that gives the book a very
clever extra dimension. There are two, maybe three story lines going on -
Josiah as a child, Josiah as a young adult male in love and Josiah at
war – but the clever use of words makes the narrative – narratives!-
able to be read in two different ways, as a simple story as told and as a
much deeper insight into the workings of the human psyche, making it
appealing to many different readers. Furthermore, whilst it is
Historical Fiction, there are other genres in which it could confidently
It is a remarkably intelligent book from a remarkably intelligent author.
book should be reviewed on its merit and not on one person’s view of
what is right or wrong. It should be judged with the highest of praise
for its historical accuracy and literary brilliance.
when reading anything by this incredibly talented writer, I experienced a
whole range of emotions, not just as surface feelings but as deeply as
if they were happening to someone I know.
Well the week long promotion for "And Then It Rained" is over and I have to say that I was pleased with the results, placing #1 in Short Stories and #2 for Anthologies for most of the week in Canada, and placing well in both the US and UK, coming as close as #3 for Anthologies in the UK.
For those of you that thought to take advantage of the promotion, I hope that you enjoy my collection of stories (many of them award winning) snd if you do, tell your friends, and it would be lovely if you took the few minutes of your time to write an honest review. It seems a small enough thing to ask in return.
This is the most AMAZING collection of stories and I am utterly blown away by Mr Lovatt’s ability to tell a tale well.
‘Sean’s Lament’, a tale about greed, you will be hooked until ‘A Word’,
a clever and insightful ending, this I guarantee you. Some are sad,
such as ‘Highway Driving’ and ‘Angel’, while others are laugh out loud
funny. ‘Angus Breaks Free’ caused me to snort laughter, while Mr
Lovatt’s non-fiction insert about pantyhose made me laugh so hard I’m sure
he heard me up there in Canada!
Thoroughly enjoyable; this
collection kept me up many nights reading! I cannot recommend enough to
do it the justice it deserves. Read it and I know you will agree!