Books

Announcing my latest release for 2017


56 page 8 x 10" full colour hardback or softcover

ISBN: 9781389899409 softcover
$26.00 AUD or $16.92 US
ISBN: 9781389899416 hardback
$43.00 AUD or $31.41 US
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This poetic portrait of our disappearing railway landscape takes in Brisbane's scenic rim, from Gympie south through the Mary and Brisbane Valleys, and onward to the Southern Downs town of Warwick. From hauntingly beautiful full colour photographs, to nostalgic railway bush poetry, the first book in this ongoing collection by Author and Poet Phillip Overton visits some lesser known localities where it was once possible to board a train to Brisbane, to see what still remains of the railways from yesterday.


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Non-fiction - 30 Years Chasing Trains (2016)


100 page 8" x 10" softcover title featuring 124 full colour photos.

ISBN: 9781367592865
$35.00 AUD or $23.37 US
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Three decades after first picking up a camera to photograph trains, Award-Nominated author and railway adventurer Phillip Overton set out to travel the entire east coast of Australia by train. The result was this photographic memoir of a train chaser covering the period from 1986 to 2016. The 124 full colour photographs presented in this book provide a colourful insight into Australia's ever-changing railway landscape.


Non-fiction - Train Tripping Around Melbourne (2015)


Kobo Number 1 Bestselling Travel Reference
Kobo Number 1 Bestselling Transportation Railroads
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Smashwords Number 4 Bestselling Travel Reference

ISBN: 9781310681929
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Exploring the best of Melbourne by train and tram in just 72 hours. Lifelong train enthusiast and award nominated author Phillip Overton visits Melbourne for a 3 day railway adventure around Australia's most cosmopolitan city. From riding the world's largest surviving tram network to a hands-on experience aboard Australia's favourite steam train, he mixes interesting facts with his renowned sense of humour while journeying by train to some of Melbourne's most famous attractions. What happens when you cross 83 brightly coloured bathing sheds, a much-travelled cottage, a band from Little River and a 9 story shot tower? You get this 365 km self-guided railway adventure that is the perfect travelling companion for exploring Melbourne from the comfort of a train.


Non-fiction - Train Tripping Around Sydney (2015)


Kobo Number 1 Bestselling Travel Reference
Kobo Number 1 Bestselling Transportation Railroads
Smashwords Number 1 Bestselling Travel Reference
Smashwords Number 1 Bestselling Transportation Railroads

ISBN: 9781310406157
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Exploring the best of Sydney by train in just 72 hours. Award nominated author Phillip Overton lands in Australia's best known city to explore the sights of Sydney on a 3 day railway adventure like no other. From ghostly cobble-stoned streets to the world's steepest railway, he mixes interesting facts with his trademark Australian humour while journeying by train to some of Sydney's most scenic locations. What happens when you cross Skippy the bush kangaroo, a mysterious Aboriginal legend, the ghost of Sydney's Harbour Bridge and a man they couldn't hang? You get this 592 km self-guided railway adventure that is the perfect travelling companion for exploring Sydney from the comfort of a train.


Non-fiction - Train Tripping Eastern Australia (2014)


Kobo Number 1 Bestselling Transportation Railroads
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Smashwords Number 2 Bestselling Travel Reference
Kobo Number 4 Bestselling Travel Reference

ISBN: 9781310126130
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From Brisbane to Sydney and back in less than 48 hours by train. Bestselling Author and lifelong train enthusiast Phillip Overton is back with another 3 day railway adventure along Australia's east coast. While boarding one of Australia's most overlooked classic train journeys, he shares some interesting facts and his trademark sense of humour while making a stop over in Coffs Harbour on the Brisbane to Sydney XPT. What happens when you cross a Purple Wiggle, a Hollywood Gladiator, a dolphin named Zippy and Her Majesty The Queen of England? You get this 1,850 km self-guided railway adventure that is the perfect travelling companion for appreciating Australia's east coast from the window of a train.


Non-fiction - Train Tripping Coastal Queensland (2014)


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Smashwords Number 3 Bestselling Travel Reference

ISBN: 9781311373915
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From Brisbane to Cairns and back in less than 72 hours by train. Author and lifelong train enthusiast Phillip Overton is out to travel the length and breadth of Australia and New Zealand by train. While unearthing some interesting facts about one of the world's greatest railway journeys along the Queensland coast to Cairns, his renowned sense of humour spills over into the pages, guaranteeing some laughs before arriving in the tropics. What happens when you cross a sign writer who can't spell, a tribe of cannibals, two Prime Ministers and a Chinaman who gives a massage like no other? You get this 3,362 km self-guided railway adventure that is the perfect travelling companion to appreciating Queensland's coast from the window of a train.


Novel - The Rag Doll Cafe (2013)


Kobo Number 23 Bestselling Religious Fiction

ISBN: 9781310262838
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Winter is here, but something is about to hit Lighthouse Bay harder than any summer storm! Anton Rubinski has just left town. The door it seems has closed on a summer friendship forged over a bottle that granted he and his friends' every wish come true. Now with no job, no friends and no reason to stay, he heads south on the highway surfing at any beach he finds.

Pastor Mike Gantry may have just wished his Church away. A month after finding a bottle washed up on the shores of Lighthouse Bay, almost every wish he had made for the members of his ailing congregation has come true. Only he never pictured his wish to retire to result in the doors of his small Church having to close for the last time. So what happens when a dread-locked surfer arrives in Lighthouse Bay on the morning of the final Church service? When Pastor Mike learns that Anton was the last person to have found the bottle, is it an answer to prayer? Or does it go down like a bad smell in Church? This truly odd couple are about to learn that when one door closes, another always opens. And you never, ever judge a book by its cover. Welcome to The Rag Doll Cafe, where the coffee is hot, the weather is not, and the conversation is not what you expected.


Novel - Last Wish of Summer (2012)


Smashwords Number 1 Bestselling Holiday Humor
Smashwords Number 8 Bestselling Holiday Fiction

ISBN 9781310881619
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As the sun prepares to rise on the last day of summer, three friends find themselves totally unprepared for the events that are about to take place around them. For Tanya, it is a chance to find peace three years after losing her parents in a car accident. Deciding she simply can't continue blaming God for taking her parents away, she writes a heartfelt poem, places it in a bottle and throws it into the sea on the eve of her birthday, granting her birthday wish to whoever finds it. Only it washes straight back into shore where it is discovered by her best friend Anton and his buddy Johnno.

Armed only with surfboards and an eclectic sense of imagination, the two wishful young men set about putting the bottle to the test. When Johnno appears to have fallen for the new waitress at the cafe where Tanya works, it stirs up feelings of jealousy in Tanya that she didn't know existed. Surely Johnno couldn't be the man God had in mind for her. Or is he? Suddenly strange wishes are beginning to come true and soon enough the whole town is involved. But is it all just a strange coincidence? Welcome to Kings Beach, where the forecast for the last day of summer promises to be hot, hot, hot with a definite change in the air.



Novel - A Walk Before Sunrise (2009)


Smashwords Number 1 Bestselling Holiday Humor
Smashwords Number 4 Bestselling Holiday Fiction
Kobo Number 33 Bestselling Humorous Fiction

ISBN: 9781310396793
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When Neil Phillips arrives home early from a business presentation to discover his fiancee of only three weeks in bed with his boss, it unleashes an amusing run of bad luck that ultimately lands him in the small town of Lighthouse Bay. While trying to salvage his career in the face of a relationship gone bad, and on two weeks enforced vacation before accepting a transfer to a new position in California, Neil meets a gorgeous waitress named Lorraine and falls suddenly in love. But how soon is too soon to move on from a broken engagement? And when will the single mother reveal that she has a fifteen year old daughter? With the help of his newly befriended Police Officer buddy Luke and the town's dread-locked theorist Anton, Neil must decide where he wants this surprise new relationship to send him before the sun sets on their brief romance forever. Welcome to Lighthouse Bay, where laughter, love and second chances are just a sunrise away.


Novel - The Long Way Home (2007)


Kobo Number 3 Bestselling Religious Fiction

ISBN 9781476274232
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Doug Small's was always destined to be a god father. However, the 1980's would be a decade of rebuilding his life after his marriage to Rowena ends in failure. For their son Simon, the decade would be one of survival, living with his mother in their home in Gosford, north of Sydney, Australia. Forced to watch helplessly as his mother's life spirals downward into a cycle of depression and violence, Simon becomes aware of a guiding presence in his life. Is this same presence also at work in his father's life, and could it in fact be an Angel guiding both of them towards their destiny?


The Long Way Home tackles the question of why do bad things, happen to good people? It gives us the answer in an endearing way, ensuring the reader that better days are just around the next corner. A fine mix of life inspiring drama with a touch of supernatural gentleness, it is a reminder of how life is a journey leading into a future blinded by endless possibilities, and how sometimes it is waiting to lead us the long way home.



Poetry - Four Sides to Squares (2012)



ISBN 9781465930187
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A collection of 24 honest and at times brutally amusing poems about growing up, growing old and growing a little wiser along the way. This collection delights in being proud of our acceptance of place and purpose in society.


Poetry - Three Times A Lady (2012)



ISBN 9781466168022
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An impressive collection of 20 poems that delights the reader with a three-pronged insight into the love, laughter and the lighter side of relationships that can be found behind closed suburban doors.


Poetry - Twice Around The Block (2011)



ISBN 9781465890061
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A collection of 24 carefully selected poems that follow a theme of changing times and a growing awareness of the world at large, unfolding over the course of a day from sunrise to sunset.


Poetry - Things We Once Loved (2011)



ISBN 9781466062030
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A collection of 24 carefully selected poems covering traditional rhyme, non-rhyme and Australian bush verse that offers a reflective and nostalgic look at our not-so-distant past.