Reviews - For the Love of Patrick

Part one in a new series of classic Australian historical writing by Doreen Slinkard.

  • ISBN Paperback: 9781787101173
  • ISBN E-Book: 9781787101180
  • Publisher: Austin Macauley Publishers
  • Publication Country: London, UK
  • Publication date: 31/08/2017
  • Format: Paperback | 420 pages
  • Dimensions: 240 x 352 x 155.7mm
  • Weight: 732g

Susan Templeman MP

Hi Dor

I didn’t get to speak with you this afternoon but thanks for coming. I wanted to tell you that I read your book on holidays – in fact my husband remarked on how quickly I read it because every time he looked at me I had my head in it for 2 days!! What a great yarn – very Aussie characters and wonderful strong women.

Look forward to the next one!

Federal Member for Macquarie

Stuart Campbell

Dor Skinkard's new novel For The Love of Patrick is a welcome addition to the family saga genre, and more particularly to its Australian subcategory - think Eleanor Dark, Bryce Courtney, Colleen McCullough as some of the stars in this part of the firmament. Slinkard's book is faithful to the conventions, with its sound historical research, strong female characters, exotic locations, and a tale that weaves its way through the generations. As a bonus there are lots of horses! Australian fans of the genre will especially enjoy the scenes from the charge of the 4th Light Horse Brigade at Beersheba.

Michael Cybulski

I was lucky enough to be one of the early readers of this work, and was immediately captivated. It's an interesting story covering the life of a man from birth, his family, and the many fascinating characters who come into contact with his charm, and his many escapades. I don't think I have read an Australian author who brings so much to their work, in terms of authenticity, charm, quirky humour, capturing the Australian essence of the various knockabout characters early in the history of Australia and during the escapades of the Australian Light Horse in Egypt. I can't describe how much I enjoyed the work, and keenly anticipate Patrick 2, which I gather is ready, and Patrick 3, which is 'in progress'. Dor, you have created a lovable character here, really you have, well done! This work will appeal to any reader who enjoys Australiana, outback, family sagas.

Danny Mayson-Kinder

For the love of Patrick sent me on an incredible journey through three generations of an amazing intertwined family. Characters full of charm and personality soon have you living amongst them and make putting the book down impossible.
A wonderful book, I can't wait for the second book in the trilogy to come out


This is an excellent book. The characters are well rounded and the story is brilliant. As you read it, I felt like the author was narrating it and I couldn’t put it down. I look forward to the next two books. I want more. Congratulations to the author. She tells a rollicking tale. I highly recommend it.

Wendy H

Good morning Doreen, I finished your book a couple of weeks ago. I must say I really enjoyed every page the characters were so easy to follow and remember, this is something I find hard in some books. The whole storyline is brilliant, I am amazed at how you manage to plan the details of your characters full life, then to be able to combine everyone into the story line! You do have a gift for writing.


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