Denise O’Hagan

Mini Style Guide

Denise O’Hagan

First style guide for independent authors

Whether you are writing an academic dissertation or business document or preparing a full-length novel for publication, the Mini Style Guide will prove invaluable. It is divided into three parts:

Part 1 helps you navigate the intricacies of English grammar and punctuation and clarify commonly misused words. It outlines ten ‘golden rules’ to ensure Plain English, and explores inclusive writing, copyright and plagiarism.

Part 2 clearly outlines how to structure a manuscript for publication, explaining the correct sequence of parts. It explains how to express titles of various artistic works, how to treat numbers, and how to present references.

Part 3 surveys the confusing array of publishing options on offer from traditional publishing to self-publishing to help you make the choice that best suits you.

Plentiful examples, templates for standard forms and letters, and a glossary of printing and publishing terms make it an indispensable tool for authors, editors and students.

Foreword by Robert Fairhead, editor and writer at Writing NSW and

Will appeal to authors and writers of all levels and genres, editors and students.

Available now:

Amazon (AU) (USA) (UK), Barnes & Noble, Book Depository, Booktopia, Fishpond

Praise for the Mini Style Guide

Robert FairheadBook reviewer at Writing NSW and Read More
‘With the Mini Style Guide on your desk, you can be a good writer and a good editor!’
YoubyYou Books Read More
‘This is the first style guide aimed specifically at the independent or self-published author. It’s a joy to read and will give writers the confidence needed to produce and publish their own books.’
Terrie CaseGoodreads Read More
‘This is a great addition to a writer’s arsenal! This book is written in a concise and clear manner. It is not dry like some non-fiction books…’

Emma LeeWriter and Reviews Editor for The Blue Nib Read More

‘Perfect for writers who want to maximise their chance of acceptance by presenting a professional manuscript or who want to avoid getting one-star reviews because readers could not understand a story presented with poor spelling and grammar.’
Robert ChallisAmazon, Australia Read More
‘This is a great resource for fiction, non-fiction, professional and academic writers… Perhaps the most important aspect of this book is that it educates by example… This is a highly informative, professionally written and presented reference book for writers, educators and libraries.’

Jerome & His Women

Joan O’Hagan

Historical fiction about the controversial Saint Jerome is given a contemporary twist​

Rome, 382 AD. When the Pontiff commissions Jerome to translate the Bible into Latin, it is a political masterstroke. Jerome’s Vulgate displaces the many alternative biblical texts and plays a critical role in establishing Christianity as a world religion. Yet Jerome is his own worst enemy and quickly alienates the ruling elite, many of whom are targets of his famously sarcastic wit.

What is less known is that Jerome is assisted by a circle of aristocratic women who risk their lives in the pursuit of their ideals. Chief among them is the attractive young widow Paula, as devoted to Jerome as she is to his cause. Rumours circulate as his enemies plot to dispose of Jerome once and for all …

Foreword by Richard Johnson, Emeritus Professor of Classics, Australian National University.

Will appeal to readers of historical fiction, especially those interested in Ancient Rome, Christianity, and the often surprising role of women in the ancient world.

About the author

Joan O’Hagan was a published crime writer (Incline & FallDeath and a MadonnaAgainst the GrainA Roman Death). Thanks to meticulous research, a wicked imagination, and over thirty years of living in Rome, here she breathes new life into an ancient saint and his world, drawing us irresistibly into a highly-charged world of danger and intrigue while reminding us to question our own values.

Available now:

Amazon, Book Depository, Booktopia, Barnes & Noble, Pauline Books

Praise for Jerome & His Women

Richard JohnsonEmeritus Professor of Classics, Australian National University Read More
‘This is more than an historical novel bringing alive to us an unfamiliar time and society. It is essentially a story about human hearts and minds facing challenges that, in time, confront us all.’
Mario BaghosLiterature and Aesthetics: The Journal of the Sydney Society of Literature and Aesthetics Read More
‘Offers incredible insight into the achievements of a much maligned yet very important figure … and the women surrounding him.’
Robert FairheadWriting NSW Read More
‘That’s the twin gift of ​Jerome and His Women​: it is an insight into extraordinary times and people, and into a talented researcher and writer.’
Richard Blake, novelistRichard Blake’s reviews Read More
‘A compelling vision … of what Rome was like at a particular moment in its transition from capital of a pagan empire to the City of God.
Fred MenchProfessor of Classics, Emeritus Read More
‘If you have a religious/theological interest and want to see real historical characters who are involved in those matters brought to life, this is your book.’
John ScanlonNational Council of Priests of Australia Read More
‘(O’Hagan) … makes this flawed genius more understandable as a human being … and gives us the wonderful story of St Paula of Rome, patron saint of widows … That story alone is enough to recommend this book.’

A Roman Death​

Joan O’Hagan

Historical thriller set in Ancient Rome​

Second revised edition

It is 45 BC, and Julius Caesar is at the height of his power. Quintus Fufidius agrees against his wife’s instincts to the marriage of their daughter to the handsome young Lucius Scaurus. It is an alliance which could heal old feuds and create a new dynasty. But before the wedding takes place one of the principals is murdered.

Suspects are few, but Roman society is shocked when Quintus’ wife is accused, not only of murder, but also of incest. The trial of Helvia, in which she is defended by Cicero, is a courtroom battle on the grand scale and accompanied by the political shenanigans which result in Caesar’s assassination.

Joan O’Hagan has written a brilliantly evocative novel and a unique whodunit, subtly combining the elements of a contemporary mystery with the atmosphere of Ancient Rome.

Foreword by Steven Saylor.

Will appeal to devotees of crime and detective fiction, historical fiction, and those interested in the life and customs of Ancient Rome.

About the author

Joan O’Hagan was a published crime writer (Incline & FallDeath and a MadonnaAgainst the GrainA Roman Death). Thanks to meticulous research, a wicked imagination, and over thirty years of living in Rome, here she breathes new life into an ancient saint and his world, drawing us irresistibly into a highly-charged world of danger and intrigue while reminding us to question our own values.

Available now:

Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Book Depository, Booktopia, Angus & Robertson, Fishpond

Praise for A Roman Death​

Steven Saylor Read More
‘(O’Hagan’s) knowledge of the period, the place, the politics, the social milieu and sexual mores of Caesar’s Rome is impeccable. Rather than intruding on the plot, the myriad details blend seamlessly into the story and serve to drive it forward.’
Kirkus Review
Kirkus Review Read More
‘An absorbing story, with fully drawn characters, a fascinating place and period, all given vibrant life in the author’s best work so far.’
The Times Literary Supplement
The Times Literary Supplement Read More
‘An original setting, carefully researched and vividly portrayed.‘
Gerald KaufmanThe Listener Read More
‘Religious beliefs and superstition in the ancient world play a key part in Joan O’Hagan’s novel about mayhem in Rome … The identity of the killer, in this excellent classical puzzle that is also a classic whodunit, is revealed in a splendidly contrived shock ending.’
Christopher Wordsworth
Christopher WordsworthThe Observer Read More
‘Who put the poison in Lucius’s wine, what truth in the scabrous accusations? Cicero for the defence; an unusual treat, don’t miss it.’
Stephen Walsh
Stephen WalshThe Oxford Times Read More
‘The contexts are all smartly timed … beware of wicked terminal twists.’
Robert Fairhead
Robert FairheadNSW Writers’ Centre Read More
‘O’Hagan’s skill as a writer is in bringing the Roman ruins and statues to life. And in particular, the Roman women!’
Fred Mench, Fictional RomeAuthors & Reviews Read More
‘In this novel, excellent as a mystery and as a reconstruction of the life of upper-class Rome in 45–44 BC, O’Hagan tells a story of murder, magic, love, greed and intrigue, the plot of which could have come right out of an oration of Cicero.’
Richard Blakehistorical novelist Read More
‘If you are upset by discussions of poisoning by aconite, or by descriptions of multiple anal rape, or by sympathetic portrayals of incest, this is probably not a book for your reading list. I, on the other hand, greatly enjoyed it … ‘
David Wishartauthor of the Corvinus historical detective series Read More
‘(O’Hagan) is obviously that rare beast, a Latinist who is perfectly at home with the story’s first century BC background … the writing is tight, spare and controlled and the language carefully chosen … her dramatis personae are real people, masters and controllers of their own fate, not puppets manipulated by the author to act her story out …’
Publisher Weekly Review
Publisher Weekly Review Read More
‘O’Hagan is especially adept at making the trial scenes vivid, with the legendary orator Cicero speaking for the defense. Steven Saylor fans won’t want to miss this one!’

Chinese Whispers

Alison Choy Flannigan

A modern immigration story revealed in unprecedented detail

The first in a three-part series, Chinese Whispers: In Search of Ivy uncovers the fascinating story of the Lai family’s immigration from China to Australia and their interaction with Aboriginals and Europeans making up the local Australian community.

Part historical recreation, part detective fact-gathering, the book pieces together the past in a series of vignettes linking Canton (now Guangzhou) and Hong Kong with Cooktown
and Thursday Island in Far North Queensland, bringing to life the colourful atmosphere of China and the famous Palmer River Gold Rush in the late nineteenth century.

Through the eyes of the author, as she searches for the history of her mother Ivy – the inspiration behind both the family’s journey and this book – the reader is invited to make the sometimes harrowing journey from one of the world’s oldest cultures to a raw, new land, where the struggles of emergent multiculturalism are documented in painstaking and absorbing detail. A story of human courage, hard work and endurance in a strange land, it will resonate for anyone who has, at some stage, made a life-changing journey or dreams of doing so.

Will appeal to readers interested in history and biography.

About the author

Alison Choy Flannigan is an Australian multi-award winning lawyer of Chinese descent, born in Sydney.

Available now:

Amazon, Booktopia

Praise for A Chinese Whispers

YouByYou Books Read More
‘We discover so much about the history of Chinese immigration to these shores … Alison Choy Flannigan has woven a story of intricate detail. Her research and scholarship give the book a rich foundation on which she builds a memorable family history. Her material includes photographs, original documentation and press reports of events at the time …’
Cairns Post January 2018 Read More
her extensive search for her long lost family across Far North Queensland,
Alison Choy Flannigan has shared the history of Cooktown and Thursday Island
during the Palmer River Gold Rush from an Australian Chinese perspective.’
North Shore TimesFebruary 2018 Read More
‘She (Alison Choy Flannigan) pieced together a picture by forensically examining state, national and municipal archives, and court records, to put together the story of how her grandfather and his two brothers came from Hong Kong to Cooktown, Queensland, in the 1890s, attracted by the Gold Rush.’
South China Morning PostJune 2018 Read More
turns detective to find her Hong Kong roots and honour her mother’s dying wish.
After a lifetime of being asked, ‘Where are you from?’, Alison Choy Flannigan
decided to find out; after many false leads, she traced her roots to a New
Territories clan, and learned she belongs to its 26th generation.’