Wanderlust

A provocative and disarmingly honest memoir of a young Australian’s romantic misadventures in 1960s London at the beginning of the Permissive Age. 

AU$25.00 
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A Saucepan in the Sky

A Saucepan in the Sky is the story of a boy who thinks anything can be explained if you have the right word − hence his quest for a really big dictionary. But through his family he gets an inkling that a thing called paradox plays a great part in the workings of the world.

AU$25.00
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A Suitcase in the Desert

Matt Hudson is an emotionally damaged homicide detective who has dented his code of honour and lost a clear purpose in life.

AU$25.00
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Darkling

A Journey Among Heroes in Search of Final Things George Brent is a soul in turmoil. Determined to avoid decrepitude he becomes obsessed with the idea of death.

AU$25.00
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What readers say

‘So much of it seemed very familiar to my own struggles and wow moments.’

A. A. Devon, UK.
A Saucepan in the Sky

'What a mixture! An awkward Aussie, a few screwball mates and four fascinating women. I don't think I've ever read a book before that so revealingly describes the influence a woman can have on a man - for better and for worse!'

J.P Murrumbeena, Vic
Wanderlust

‘I absolutely enjoyed your book and couldn’t put it down. I had so many laughs along the way.’ 

J.J. Mt. Isa, Qld.
A Saucepan in the Sky

‘An absolutely delightful read from beginning to end. Funny, moving, insightful – and your authorial voice instantly appealed to me.’

K.P. St. Leonards, NSW.
A Saucepan in the Sky

‘I reluctantly read the last page and immediately wished for more.’

J. D. Paddington, NSW.
A Saucepan in the Sky

'The humour and the entertaining bits make one laugh out loud, but underlying this is the layer of pathos and longing. Hyperbole confronts understatement; sensitive and poetic passages of intense sympathy contrast with brutal reality.'

A.R. Applecross, WA
Wanderlust

‘A classic. A lovely book.’ 

A.M. Canberra.
A Saucepan in the Sky

'The world that Nicholls evokes is vivid, full of laughter, triumph and tears.’

Authortalk, Berkelouw Bookshop
A Saucepan in the Sky

'Many of us have memories of our own innocence abroad.'

E.B. Roseville, NSW
Wanderlust

‘Had me in fits of laughter in the train en route to work.’

R.H. Wavell Heights, Qld.
A Saucepan in the Sky

‘I really liked the subtext as well as the story.’

K.S. Annandale, NSW
Wanderlust

‘I particularly empathised with the days which for no reason at all become mood days and that thing about times where nothing “happens”.’

M.T. Glebe, NSW.
A Saucepan in the Sky

‘Never a dull moment.’

50 something
A Saucepan in the Sky

'Philosophical but not academic. A good read. A tribute to women.'

S.A Glebe, NSW
Wanderlust

‘I laughed the whole afternoon as I read it. How delightful in this grim world to find such humour.’ 

P.W. Berwick, Vic.
A Saucepan in the Sky

‘Nostalgic as well as immediate… and thoroughly engrossing.’

A.T. Glebe, NSW.
A Saucepan in the Sky

'I enjoyed A Saucepan in the Sky immensely – it stirred filed-away memories and refreshed the affection held for early relationships.’

M. H. Tathra, NSW.
A Saucepan in the Sky

‘A wonderful story beautifully told.’

D. B. Campbelltown, NSW.
A Saucepan in the Sky

‘An utterly readable account of a memorable ‘ordinary’ environment. Uncle Vic is a ‘funny bugger’ with a Conradian outlook. ‘Uncle’ Stan is wonderfully disreputable. A charming book…as tender a maternal portrait as you will ever read.’

Australian Book Review
A Saucepan in the Sky

‘Brian Nicholls creates an array of memorable characters. A lack of sentimentality is a strength of both McCourt’s (Angela’s Ashes) and Nicholls' memoir, but the national humour and idioms of A Saucepan in the Sky stand out as unmistakably Australian.’

Independent Scholars Association of Australia Review
A Saucepan in the Sky

‘This is the first time in my long life that I have felt IMPELLED to convey to a writer my opinion of his/her work. I began reading A Saucepan in the Sky at 6 am and finished it at 11.30 am. Couldn’t put it down. Haven’t been able to do anything else since then except think about it and read extracts to my husband over tea and lunch breaks.’

J.W. Tumbarumba, NSW.
A Saucepan in the Sky

‘Simple experiences imbued with charm… dilemmas presented clearly in a way that should strike chords of recognition…this is worth reading’

Canberra Times
A Saucepan in the Sky

‘Wanderlust talks about things that people think but do not say.’

M.B. Coogee, NSW
Wanderlust

'Highly entertaining.'

R.I Paddington, NSW
Wanderlust

‘Dry, witty, sad, funny and amazingly frank.’

E.M. Rozelle, NSW
Wanderlust

‘Paints a vivid picture of a colourful extended family. A compelling tale.’

Sunday Age
A Saucepan in the Sky

‘I really did enjoy it and – the mark of a good book – I definitely did not want it to end.’

D.R. Melbourne.
A Saucepan in the Sky

‘An absolutely delightful read…fascinating.’

Sally Loane, ABC Radio
A Saucepan in the Sky

‘I liked the surprise of it, the feeling that anything could happen. There is a time in life when one enters any open door. I guess that’s how you grow up.’ 

R.W. Leura, NSW
Wanderlust

A Saucepan in the Sky has a lot more going for it than just a great title. Nicholls gets the child’s voice just right, no mean feat without getting mawkish.'

Marrickville Heritage Society Newsletter
A Saucepan in the Sky

‘Your book has helped me understand the men in my life so much more… and recognise the enormous value of parenting and mentoring the unique nature of boys.’

C.S. Pymble, NSW.
A Saucepan in the Sky

‘Thank you for your story and your style.’

J.A. Greenwich, NSW.
A Saucepan in the Sky

‘Details the mapping of a moral universe…a wry, humorous approach to living. ‘Uncle’ Stan is my all-time favourite character – a man with a unique worldview. I thoroughly recommend it.’

Sylvia Rosenblum, East Side Radio
A Saucepan in the Sky

‘Your book is an affirmation of something or other that is probably too big to put a label on.’

P.J. Paddington, NSW.
A Saucepan in the Sky

‘It has everything: humour, pathos, history, laughter, tears.’ 

C. McG. Perth, WA.
A Saucepan in the Sky

‘Some of the book was comfortably close to home for me: some uncomfortably so.’

Bookchat
A Saucepan in the Sky

‘I’m definitely going to be reading your book over and over because as well as the history behind it there are the constant stories of mischief and humour.’

G.P. Healesville, Vic.
A Saucepan in the Sky

‘Comic and loving…the reader is hooked from the beginning. You’ll want to raise your glass to Brian and his gang of relatives.'

Geelong Advertiser
A Saucepan in the Sky
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About ClarrieMay Publishing

The ClarrieMay Publishing photo-logo shows Brian’s father Clarence George Nicholls (1915-2004) and mother Eileen May Nicholls (nee Hudson) (1919-1989) on their honeymoon at Luna Park, Sydney in 1935.

They were married for over fifty years. They survived many set-backs and difficult years including the Great Depression of 1929-1933, and long separations during the Second World War.

They are major influences in Brian’s childhood memoir A Saucepan in the Sky.

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