Justin Kerr-Smiley has published two novels: 'Goodbye To The President' and 'Under The Sun', and provided the introduction to Robert Louis Stevenson's classic thriller 'Kidnapped'. A book of Justin Kerr-Smiley's poetry is to be published in 2016.
GOODBYE TO THE PRESIDENT
On 11 September 1973, Chile's President Salvador Allende was overthrown in a coup led by General Augusto Pinochet. The president took refuge in the palace La Moneda, which was bombed by the air force and assaulted by troops. The defenders surrendered. In the smouldering ruins Allende lay dead.
'Goodbye To The President' is a novel which recounts in vivid detail the terrors of that day and its brutal aftermath. Years later, Pinochet is arrested in London. Although the former dictator is released and returns to Chile, he dies broken and disgraced.
'Goodbye To The President' is a unique testament to the victims who perished during the coup and also to those who, against all odds, managed to survive. The narrative is based on interviews, eyewitness accounts and the author's experiences.
UNDER THE SUN
The redemptive power of friendship and how it can surpass all odds
‘Under The Sun’ is set in the closing stages of World War Two in the South Pacific. RAF Flight Lieutenant Edward Strickland is shot down on a dawn patrol and taken prisoner on an island. The Japanese commander brutally interrogates his captive and a battle of wills develops, which will only have one victor.
Then events take an unexpected turn and the island becomes, for a while, a kind of Eden. But beyond its shores danger lurks and Japan’s surrender leads to a climactic end which shatters the idyll for ever.