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The site is dedicated to promoting the work of writer John A. Rickard – novels, short stories, plays and poetry.

Visitors can read excerpts from my three books and other work. 

‘The Golgotha Gate’ is described by some readers as beginning where Mel Gibson’s ‘Passion of the Christ’ ends.
For a free read, two chapters can be downloaded here (Prologue), here (Chapter Two) and here (Chapter Twenty One).

‘Beyond Pride and Prejudice : Lydia’s Lives’ – is a tale of the ups and downs, so to speak, in the turbulent life of Lydia Bennet, Jane Austen’s wild but not so wicked anti-heroine. Men are her passion and her partners in the pursuit of pleasure range from the young and unworldly, to mature gentlemen with bank balances; from political radicals to royalty. Lydia loves them all.
For a free read there are snippets here and two chapters can be downloaded here (Chapter One) and here (Chapter Seven).

'The Little Buddha's Big Miracle In Lai Shan Road' is a book of 16 short stories, all with a variety of people, mood, time and locale – including India, China, Malaysia, Japan, London and Liverpool. Covering drama, humour, sci fi and fantasy, The Little Buddha's Big Miracle In Lai Shan Road touches on them all.
For a free read the author's foreword (explaining a bit about the book) can be downloaded here and the title story can be read here.

For more information click onto BOOKS.

Also there is a BLOG titled As I Was Saying to Joe and Saigo. All of the content on the site is free to read.

I hope you will drop in regularly and browse as we add more new content. 


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Rick's Blog.
As I Was Saying to Joe and Saigo....

The discussion about miracles began after a TV programme, as so many discussions, debates, and heated arguments do start these days – with the occasional settlement being a divorce in the family. The programme was one of those great BBC epics combining a look at the vastness of space and the never ending cosmos, the search in the other direction for the smallest itty-bitty bit of the universe. Miracles, yes or no? Is there a God?

It was the miracles that caught my attention. There have been a number of miracles in my life, I'm pretty certain of that. But for some reason the TV discussion brought back memories of the one occasion I know for sure I experienced a miracle.

To me, without a doubt, a miracle occurred on a railway freight wagon tightly packed with men, women and children, all running from the South Korean capital Seoul to Taegu and Pusan, a tiny part of the human southbound wave set in motion by the sudden entry of a Communist Chinese army into North Korea, a move that had United Nations forces retreating all along the front, and hundreds of thousands of civilians seeking safety in the south.

My unit reached the North Korean capital of Pyongyang and we had just started setting up camp in the half built Kim Il Song University, perched on a hillside and overlooking the city, and down below the one narrow road that led from north to south, when the Chinese crossed the border.Within hours of arriving we were told we would not be staying.


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