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"A man without a dream is destined never to fulfill his or her full potential in life.
Never give up on your dream...but take time to smell the flowers on your very
individual journey. Be yourself and count your blessings, then try to make a difference
in the world - however small. Try to shine your own little ray of sunshine to make the
lives of others easier in some little way. I derive the greatest pleasure from treading the
wildest uncertain path... and just being me."

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Independent Reviews of Godzone Books

A HANDBOOK FOR SURVIVAL IN THE NINETIES
(AS WELL AS THE NEW CENTURY):

Written in a simple style to help the 'every person’ make the most of themselves and 
their lives easier. It takes an introductory look at what motivates us and how to set goals
....to find our true purpose for being on this planet. Also how to handle the stresses
life throws at us. I found it very helpful for my own life.”
- Birgitta, Minerva Press (UK)

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THE END OF THE LINE

This is Craig Lock's first novel. A short novel set in "the beloved country". 
A passionate and heart-breaking tale of South Africa, a true story of 
the bad old days, but with the hope of the new.

Review of: THE END OF THE LINE

“The End Of The Line” could be described as a “faction”, a fiction with a serious
factual grounding. It is simple, and therefore moving. It gives yet another highly 
individual portrait of that troubled land, and it does so through a believable and
sustained narrative form.”

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DROPPED OUT IN GODZONE
A new immigrant's impressions of life in provincial New Zealand (after coming
from a large city in South Africa) ... and there were one or two rather funny
adventures,  nay escapades in "Sleepy Hollow" from time to time.

Review of: DROPPED OUT IN GODZONE

     “Dropped Out In Godzone” is an original and agreeable piece of work. The picture
it gives of New Zealand- to one who has never been there- has a ring of complete
authenticity. The feeling of the country is relaxed, and perhaps rather unstimulating,
but we get an overall impression from the writer that he views his time there with
some affection, and above all with tolerance.”

     This book breathes a natural humour and kindliness, which is what gives it the
individual character that is so appealing. Autobiography has a particular value as a
literary form. It is a shared kind of writing and I’ll continue to bang the drum. 

     It is unusual to encounter two such different manuscripts from the same author.
 Both (THE END OF THE LINE is the other book) have quality and share an easy and
assured writing style that is a pleasure to read. Both of these short books are of
first rate quality.”

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ANGOLAN DAWN
True tale of an Angolan migrant miner who goes to 'e'Goli', the city of gold in
South Africa. Also a realistic portrayal of the Angolan conflict in "darkest Africa"
through the eyes of a hospital orderly. A moving and realistic novel 
about the evil and destructiveness of war, as well as the 
inherent goodness within every human spirit.

Independent Review of: ANGOLAN DAWN

     “In most respects, this is an individual and innovative piece, with considerable
character. It is conventional only in so far as the author has taken pains to structure this
work in accordance with the dramatic necessities of pace, exposition and denouement.

     It is all the stronger for having what I would call a ‘classic’ plot: one which has guts to
it, which takes its readers on a clear and well-defined journey from A to B and leaves us
feeling like we have truly experienced something at the end of it. Not that there is anything at all ‘obvious’ about the manner in which the tale unfolds. Far from it- the world of the
novel, though a fictional creation of some substance, is as unpredictable and enigmatic as
reality.

     The essential realism carries over into the body of the text itself. The writing is packed
with the products of real experience; little insights and observations combine with the
fictional material to give the work a powerful relevance to its readers. Essential scene
setting details and other information are not relayed in huge indigestible chunks, but are
instead woven carefully into the fabric of the plot.

     The dialogue is particularly well handled: sharp and convincing. The total result of
these factors working together is what papers call ‘a thumping good read’!

     The written style is excellent, perfectly suited to the tale the author has to tell. Without
seeming at all self-conscious, this author has found a voice in which he writes with fluency
and confidence. The book is written in an engaging and convincing manner, with an
appealing quality of direct communication.

     In short, “Angolan Dawn is a well-structured piece of work, 
and it deserves to do well in the marketplace”.

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Coming Soon
MANY, MANY MORE BOOKS ARE IN THE PIPELINE.
Most of them are nearly completed.

To be self published & marketed on the internet (probably because no 
'bona fide' publisher would dare to touch them!) but...

You can Order Now (to help me pay my bills) as I work on them.
E-mail me at C.Lock@xtra.co.nz

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RETURN OF THE CHICKENS
A humorous look at the New South Africa and it's politics, as seen through the
"bewildered" eyes of a returning "chicken" (migr).

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OVER THE RAINBOW
A collection of pictures of rich and diverse South African life as seen through the eyes of a
newspaper reporter traveling throughout the country. There are numerous short stories
(vignettes- nice word that). A view of South Africa in the past, today and the
"beloved country's" prospects in the future
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Craig Lock's Exclusive Online Creative Writing Course!

Craig has taught at the local Tairiwhiti Polytechnic (English), as well
as running a successful creative writing course (not teaching sheep!). He is the
author of (as far as we know) the first and only creative writing course on the
Internet by a published writer. Craig has many varied interests and passions.
Check Out his Creative Writing Course Here.

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