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Jon Bauer Jon Bauer i(A132072 works by) (a.k.a. Jonathan Bauer)
Born: Established: Surrey,
United Kingdom (UK),
Western Europe, Europe,
Gender: Male
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Jon Bauer grew up in England. He began dividing his time between the UK and Australia during the 1990s and was later granted permanent Australian residency (under a Distinguished Talent visa). Bauer has written short and long fiction and plays for stage and radio. His work has appeared in the Daily Telegraph, Sleepers Almanac and Torpedo Literary Journal.

For further information, see Bauer's website,

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y separately published work icon The Last Lighthouse Keeper Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2020 19295270 2020 single work autobiography

'A beautiful memoir from John Cook, one of Tasmania's last kerosene lighthouse keepers. A story about madness and wilderness, shining a light onto the vicissitudes of love and nature.

'I loved the life of the island, because I knew my body was more alive than those on the mainland. People asked how we stood the isolation and boredom, but in some ways, it was more stimulating to have your senses turned up to the top.

'In Tasmania, John Cook is known as 'The Keeper of the Flame'. As one of Australia's longest-serving lighthouse keepers, John spent 26 years tending Tasmania's well-known kerosene 'lights' at Tasman Island, Bruny Island, Eddystone Point and Maatsuyker Island.

'From sleepless nights keeping the lights alive, battling the wind and sea as they ripped at gutters and flooded stores, raising a joey, tending sheep and keeping ducks and chickens, the life of a keeper was one of unexpected joy and heartbreak. But for John, nothing was more heartbreaking than the introduction of electric lights, and the lighthouses that were left empty forever.

'Evocatively told, The Last Lighthouse Keeper is a love story between a man and a dying way of life, as well as a celebration of wilderness and solitude.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2021 longlisted Indie Awards Nonfiction
y separately published work icon Rocks in the Belly Carlton North : Scribe , 2010 Z1679624 2010 single work novel

'Rocks in the Belly tells the story of an eight-year-old boy and the adult he becomes. When he is young his mother fosters boys, despite the jealous turmoil it arouses in her son: jealousy that reaches unmanageable proportions when she fosters Robert, a child she can't help bonding with. As the connection between them grows, the son's envy triggers an event that profoundly changes everyone. Especially Robert.

'At twenty-eight, still haunted by his childhood, the son returns to face his mother, who is now chronically ill. He hasn't forgiven her for what happened to Robert, and yet she isn't the same domineering woman anymore. Now she's the dependent one and he the dominant force - a power he can't help but abuse.

'Written in two startlingly original voices, Rocks in the Belly is about the effortless destruction we wreak on one another in the simple pursuit of our own happiness, and a reminder that we never leave our childhood behind. A fast-paced, powerful, yet often beautiful and funny novel.' (From the publisher's website.)

2012 shortlisted International Awards International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award
2011 shortlisted Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) Australian Literary Fiction Book of the Year
2011 longlisted Miles Franklin Literary Award
2011 winner Indie Awards Debut Fiction
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