ISBN 978-1-922722-28-7

Nobody Dies Anymore vol.1 & 2

An African villager on the Zambian Plateau made the remark that inspired the title of this book. He was describing the impact of western medicine on a community where it was previously unknown.

In 1964 the United States Government, the Government of the Irish Republic and the Zambian Government negotiated the construction and staffing of a children’s hospital on the Copperbelt, probably the richest mineral area in the world.

The three presidents, Kaunda, Johnson and De Valera were all personally involved in the project associated with the project, a Flying Doctor Service was to be established, designed to construct and operate airfields and clinics in the remote and rural areas of Zambia.

Penicillin and chloroquine were two of the most formidable motivators for development in Africa. The advantages they produced, life instead of death, redefined the obligations of society and they had, by themselves, the capacity to revolutionise the continent.

About the Author

In ten years, James Lawless had started Zambia’s first Children’s Hospital, established the Zambian Flying Doctor Service and become very close to the people of Zambia. Between them, the couple had two significant papers on paediatrics published in the Lancet. On their return to their home country, they lived in North Yorkshire. Jim wrote
of his experiences and they both did some general practice. He tried unsuccessfully to introduce the Zambian villagers’ concept of consensus to British Industry. The last four decades were spent in Australia, working in Apollo Bay, a fairly remote coastal town in Victoria. For the first 20 years, they were the only doctors.
Again, Jim had an enormous impact on the area — a characteristic of his whole life.
He died in Apollo Bay in 2016.



ISBN 978-1-922722-10-2

No Ordinary Life

No Ordinary Life tells the story of a young couple’s experience of World War II and its influence on their lives. It’s a story of love and its resilience during extraordinarily difficult times, the time before, during and just after World War II. Their participation took them from war-torn Glasgow and the battlefields in France, North Africa and a small Greek Island in the Aegean, to life in a German POW Camp and a timber camp in the Highlands of Scotland. When the war finally ended, they left Scotland as ‘Ten Pound Poms’ and established a new life in Australia, far away from memories that were best left behind. This book is as much about the times in which they lived as it is about them.

About the Author

Anne is a retired science teacher who started her working life as a medical scientist. She followed a passion to become a teacher and taught Science in the western suburbs of Sydney before taking up a position at a large independent school in the city where she taught for thirty years. Retirement brought time to write, first about her children and the remarkable journey they shared in The Gift of Adoption, and then about her parents in her new book, No Ordinary Life. ‘My parents’ lives were ordinary for the time, but the times in which they lived their young lives were anything but ordinary. They weren’t the heroes of war recorded in history books, but they were heroic; they were part of the backbone on which victory was built. Although their story wasn’t unusual for the time, that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be told.’



ISBN 978-1-922629-75-3

The KGB’s Genius of Illusion

The space race started just after World War 11. It was to be an epic battle between the Soviet Union and the United States of America. World dominance and superiority was the coveted prize.
Espionage was rife.

Soviet Dimitri Azorov infiltrated into the USA. He mingled into society and influential circles with high success whilst despatching vital information on metallurgy.

Simultaneously a disgruntled former Japanese soldier attempts to sabotage several metal foundries producing exotic alloys for rocket components.


ISBN 978-1-922629-79-1

Stories of Palastoke

The Magical Academy of Steltaria

In the country of Palastoke, where magic is utilised daily and people prosper, all aspiring wizards and witches begin their learning in the years of their thirteenth birthdays.

Astrid Mesteela is another one of these aspiring witches, eager to learn magic and prove herself in magical combat at Steltaria Junior Academy. It could not be more exciting – many new friends to make, many spells to learn, and many ways to begin her dreams of acquiring fame. Life goes as planned, but when an expensive merchant organisation arrives at the academy for business, it turns out to be related to something more sinister


ISBN 978-1-922722-12-6

Surfa Saurus

Surfa Saurus on the move surfing to the big–wave groove!

Sid Surfa Saurus and his best friend Dally are not your usual dinosaurs – they surf. But they didn’t always.

Thousands of years ago, while being chased by meat-eaters, they ran into the ocean to escape danger and discovered the coolest lifestyle imaginable – surfing. Sid and Dally were the very first surfers on planet Earth.

What happened next, was unimaginable. The climate changed – not once, but twice!

First of all, the ice age came and their world froze. They were caught, mid-wave, inside icebergs for millions of years … One day, the world began to warm up and the icebergs melted. Sid and Dally then found themselves in a modern world full of sun, sand and yes; surfing!


ISBN 978-1-922722-18-8

You will go, won’t you?

A telephone call ‘out of the blue’ started Bob’s 30 year career with the Red Cross and Red Crescent evaluating and providing safe water and public health projects throughout the world.

Released from his duties in local government, he undertook humanitarian missions to conflicts including the ‘Bush War’ in Uganda, Kurds fleeing Saddam Hussein in Northern Iraq, genocide in Rwanda and civil war in Sri Lanka. Other missions were to natural disasters in the Pacific Island countries, Pakistan, Myanmar and the Boxing Day Tsunami. Bob worked in Sierra Leone during the height of the Ebola outbreak.

Bob Handby’s story tells of his day to day life in the field – sad, humorous and confronting. At times facing danger and challenges, whilst working with the local people who showed incredible bravery and resilience.

When things are difficult they take a long time to fix, when they are impossible they take a little bit longer.

Bob Handby, self-published author of You will go, won't you?

About the Author

Robert (Bob) Handby is retired and lives in Port Fairy, Australia with his wife Judi. He is in demand to pass on his experience and knowledge. People are intrigued by his stories working as an aid worker in the field.

Bob was awarded the Order of Australia in 2018 in recognition of his international humanitarian work.