Selling books with Al by Peter Bowes

‘G’day, Al,’ sez I, ‘did the ladies at the shop tell you about the books?’

Al looked undecided.

cafe2We have a little Japanese cafe up the road, country style, and when I was walking in for the usual halloumi breakfast roll this morning, Al walked out – he’s a city lad who vanished from somewhere to up here a couple of years ago.

‘G’day, Al,’ sez I, ‘did the ladies at the shop tell you about the books?’

Al looked undecided.

‘I’ve had a couple published, thought you might like to stick them up on a shelf in your shop.’

Al runs the general store and post office at Federal – where everybody comes by.

‘OK,’ he says.

‘How do you want to do it?’

‘I’ll buy a couple of each. See how they go. What are they about?’

‘Well,’ says I, ‘there’s a few stories about up here, Federal yarns, most of them told over booze or marijuana, but I left you out of them.’

Al laughs, Al knows.

Find Bloodlines for Kindle and paperback at Amazon UK and Lineage is available at and Amazon UK.

Peter Bowes
Peter Bowes


  1. Should be good! I’ve put a copy in my Amazon basket — I’ll complete the order in a day or two when I’ve chosen something else to make up to free delivery.

  2. There’s a fellow up here who looks just like you JL, just a little untidier, I’ll give him a tap on the shoulder next time he comes down and ask him if he’s a Looker. That should get a result.

  3. I went by Al’s today for a slab of beer and some cigarette papers. Both my books are still on his counter-top down the back of the shop, in amongst the bus routes and books of nursery rhymes – slowly curling at the edges, dusty after five days.
    Al is a shy man and speaks softly. He says he rarely reads, but likes short stories. Then he looked at me, and asked how old I was.
    71, next month … !
    A little shake of his head, a shy sort of smile. No, he says.
    Not all of it is true, says I, and I’m glad you like it.
    Thanks JL, appreciated.

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