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I hear a woman’s screams, deep in my head. Mine.
I’m out of control.

Hot on the heels of her debut novel, Climbing the Coconut Tree, S.C Karakaltsas showcases a collection of relatable yet at times unnerving and riveting stories where the unexpected takes us by surprise.
In ‘The View from the Hill,’- first included in the Monash Writers Group Anthology 2016 – a couple make a shocking discovery during their summer evening stroll. ‘The Surprise,’- shortlisted in the Lane Cove Literary Awards 2016, – follows a mother and son’s life changing journey. Transported to a café in ‘The River,’ a woman wonders, “Am I the only one who sees?” before the screams begin. And in the unforgettable title story, a man grasps why his wife is unhappy, too late.

Out now on Amazon, Kobo and many other online stores.


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Inspired by true events, this is a story about eighteen-year-old Bluey Guthrie who, in 1948 leaves his family to take the job of a lifetime on a remote island in the Central Pacific. Bill and Isobel, seasoned ex-pats help Bluey fit in to a privileged world of parties, dances and sport.

However, the underbelly of island life soon draws him in. Bluey struggles to understand the horrors left behind after the Japanese occupation, the rising fear of communism, and the appalling conditions of the Native and Chinese workers. All this is overseen by the white Colonial power brutalising the land for Phosphate: the new gold.

Isobel has her own demons and watches as Bill battles to keep growing unrest at bay. Drinking and gambling are rife. As racial tensions spill over causing a trail of violence, bloodshed and murder, Bluey is forced to face the most difficult choices of his life.

The book can be purchased as a paperback or ebook at Amazon ( see link) below.

It is also available on KOBO as an ebook.


Reviews and Feedback

I’ve been touched by the many email messages and feedback on Goodreads and Amazon and thank everyone for their support. Here is a small sample.

The novel was an enjoyable summer read, well written and researched. The descriptive language employed by the writer easily transports you into the Pacific colonial world of the story’s protagonists and puts you, the reader, in amongst the action. Adam Hussey, Historical Novel Society.

Read the rest here.

Sam says . . .

“Just writing to  tell you that I really enjoyed reading your book.
You evoke the world of your story really nicely and clearly with imagistic writing, the best kind, which is concise, without being vague or  flowery. Though, there are quite a few nice poetic descriptive sentences scattered throughout, but I think you make sure they don’t hold up the rhythm of the narrative. Well I should say narratives, a couple of first persons, Ben and Isobel. I like this as it evokes a feeling that life can be approached from lots of angles. Everyone’s got their version of what’s going on! Ben who doesn’t like to be called Bluey, is a very likable main character, that one finds very easy to care about, and one wants to know how things turn out for him.. Actually I enjoyed the fact that it was never predictable to me, and you imaginatively avoided clichés.

Congratulations on a great debut, looking forward to reading more in the future.”
An Amazon customer says …
Terrific debut novel by SC Karakaltsas. Set in a carefully crafted location in the mid Pacific the novel traces the exploits of a young Australian man embarking on adult life. Some interesting twists in the plot and particularly engaging as it is based on true events. I found the mood of the novel captivating and could readily imagine colonial life on a tropical island in the mid 20th century. I look forward to more from this author.
Christine G  (Goodreads) says…
” I really enjoyed this book and couldn’t put it down. The characters were well developed and I warmed to Bluey and Isobel. I was engrossed by the colonial lifestyle of the era and was fascinated to learn that it was based on true events. I also learnt a lot about a forgotten island which has undergone so much change. A really good read and highly recommended.