The unexplained disappearance of a cat; a misunderstanding involving the daughter of his foster parents; an encounter with a succubus-like figure under a bridge in Alice Springs; an incident with a coconut; a tragic fire; and the unwitting participation in a robbery. These are just a few of the events which shape the life of Christian de Palma.
And then there is the burning question: How do sausage rolls come to the rescue of Jodi?
This is the tragi-comic tale of a man whose inner world sets him at odds with the world around him.
Philip Newey was born in the UK and migrated to Australia as a child in 1966. After studying science and mathematics at Adelaide University, he decided instead to follow a calling into the Anglican priesthood. He obtained a BTh in theology from Flinders University, with first class honours. He subsequently completed a PhD in theology, also at Flinders University. For a number of years Philip served as a minister in parishes and in chaplaincy roles. Upon leaving the church some years ago, Philip undertook further studies, this time in evolutionary biology, at James Cook University in Cairns, again with first class honours and a second PhD. He also won the University Medal. He subsequently spent three years undertaking research at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland. During this period he published several scholarly articles in scientific journals. Upon returning to Australia in 2012, Philip decided to fulfil a lifelong wish to become a writer. He has published three novels prior to Christian de Palma. Philip's diverse life and convoluted career path provides rich material upon which to draw when writing fiction. Writing has always been close to his heart, but it was not until he was in his mid fifties that he finally made the breakthrough and completed an entire novel. Although this took only a few months to write, in reality it had been brewing for almost forty years. Once the first novel was completed, the floodgates opened. Each of the novels he now writes is drawn from this brew. Philip now lives in Cairns, Queensland, Australia, where he continues to write, and also runs an editing business from home: All-read-E: http: //philipnewey.com/All-read-E.htm