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Having written a number of legal books which, by their very nature, required constraint and discipline, the time finally came to allow my creative muse a complete reign and a chance to express itself. This has produced two novels thus far...and, no doubt, more will follow.

Along with this, being a grandfather, reading bedtime stories to the grandchildren took on a new meaning when I found answering some of their questions about the world around them created the opportunity to answer them in story form and, when my grandson, while in the garden with me and full of curiosity, noted with some concern, "Poppa, there's hole in your eugenia!" I had an instant title - the story followed, as have many more since.


  Novels  

Shafts of Strife   Shafts of Strife
by David Bates
Published March 2016

The New Zealand government, led by autocratic Prime Minister Wynyard Nairn, approves the establishment of a USA naval facility, and in the middle of Wellington's pristine harbour.

Given the anti-nuclear stance in the country, all hell breaks out!

Daily protests and rallies occur and threats of mayhem are made. Within days anarchy rules; Parliament is occupied, the US Embassy is attacked and two die, a major TV communications tower is destroyed and central Wellington is blockaded. But when the International Airport is forced to close, the situation reaches crisis point.

The Prime Minister, under increasing pressure from the scale of continuing protests, attacks the Police, threatening to remove their independence and bring in the army.

Will Nairn change his mind, is he even listening? Or will it be up to the people?

A story of democratic power and protest!

Available direct from the publisher Custom Books Publications, Hong Kong


Beneath The Cherry Tree   Beneath the Cherry Tree
by David Bates

Now re-published for the global market, August 2015

Available direct from the publisher Custom Books Publications, Hong Kong or from:

Amazon

Barnes and Noble


Making of Travis   The Making of Travis
by David Bates
Published 2012

Life was never going to be simple for Travis Whittaker. Oxygen deprived at birth, he would never be as ‘quick’ as others his age. Younger sister Jennifer instinctively tries to protect him, from predators, from his ‘best’ friend Jace, and most of all from himself. But, who can these 1950’s New Zealand children trust? Waynton Police pick through the pieces of a series of puzzling, seemingly unconnected incidents. They eventually find some answers. But do they, can they discover what really went into the making of Travis?

This is a dark, convincing, frighteningly believable tale of things no child should ever have to endure.

Available from the publisher, Polygraphia Ltd via www.polygraphianz.com, or the author via d.bates@xtra.co.nz


Beneath The Cherry Tree   Beneath the Cherry Tree
by David Bates
Published in New Zealand, December 2009

"An enthralling insight into how the law can be manipulated for good and ill". Julian Paul is a Wellington barrister with a gambling problem. Anthony Samuels is a remand prisoner and Julian's client. He faces serious drug charges and is desperate for bail. Julian undertakes to arrange this - for an exorbitant fee - by blackmailing a Judge who had a homosexual relationship many years previously.

Will Julian succeed? Will he ruin his future and destroy his family in the process? Can same sex relationships be an expression of true love?

Available from the publisher, Polygraphia Ltd via www.polygraphianz.com, or the author via d.bates@xtra.co.nz



  Children's Stories  

Eugeniasml.jpg - 4935 Bytes   Poppa - There's A Hole In Your Eugenia
by David Bates
Published March 2010

A delightful rhyming, colourfully illustrated story ideal for children aged 3 to 8 years. A blackbird makes her nest in Poppa’s neatly trimmed Eugenia tree and alarms Ollie. But then, he learns it really is the safest place to be, especially if you are newly hatched or dreaming you might be!

An ideal anytime story to be read to or by young children, especially at bedtimes.

There’s even space at the end to write names of birds and plants and other things in your garden or Poppa’s and Nana’s garden.

Available from the publisher, Polygraphia Ltd via www.polygraphianz.com, or the author via d.bates@xtra.co.nz

Discount and favourable postage rate is available for purchase of multiple copies.


My Sister Morgan Rose   My Sister Morgan Rose
by David Bates

Where do little sisters come from?

Ollie doesn’t know but he’s happy to have one. Now he’ll have a playmate and someone to share his toys. He can’t wait for her to grow!

Ideal for children aged 3 to 8 years. A companion book to "Poppa – There’s a Hole in Your Eugenia" – with more delightful illustrations by Rina Hiraoka.

Both books were written to mark the first birthdays of the author’s two youngest grandchildren, Ollie and Morgan.

Available from the publisher, Polygraphia Ltd via www.polygraphianz.com, or the author via d.bates@xtra.co.nz




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