Brigginshaw sequel comes out

TWO months from his 84th birthday, Iluka author-journalist and former Northern Star editor Jim Brigginshaw’s life is getting busier.

For 60 years he’s been a newspaper journalist and he’s still working – writes three columns a fortnight for The Northern Star, Lismore, where he was editor for 16 years. But it’s books that are keeping him busiest: he’s just had his third published in 12 months. Two were launched in a four-day period. In 20 years at Iluka, he has written 15 books, seven of which have been published.

During a lifetime as a working journalist, he’s held senior positions at nine major newspapers in three States – Queensland, New South Wales and Western Australia.:

He is the holder of several journalistic awards, including a national Walkley, and was Australian Journalist of the Year runner-up.

His latest book, Out of the Dust, is being launched in Ipswich, Queensland, on December 10. It is the sequel to his prize-winning novel, Over My Dead Body, which won Brisbane publisher Interactive Publications’ award as Best Fiction of 2008.

Over My Dead Body tells of a miner’s struggle to provide for a wife and five children, and his determination that his son will work down below only ‘over my dead body’. But the man dies a lingering death and the sixteen-year-old boy, who now has to provide for the family, takes a job in the mine. The first book ends with him facing the dust and dangers that killed his father.

The newly-published sequel, Out of the Dust, completes the story. It tells of the boy’s efforts to get out of the mine and achieve the ambition he’s been forced to bury below the earth.

Jim Brigginshaw’s books are available from him at Iluka (ph 66 466 766 or email shimpusan@bigpond.com).

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