Mike Murphy - author

An unconventional man's point of view 

I write novels that express and examine ideas that challenge commonly- held concepts of human relationships.  Society is changing and a lot of men are no longer clear what being a man means, what their role is expected to be and where they stand in family and social relationships. I don't have the answers but I raise the questions to encourage the discussion.

The Man Who Didn't
Like People

Strong feedback following the launch on August 10th indicates my new novel is being well received. Sales have already exceeded publication costs and I have had enquiries from new outlets seeking to stock copies.  One reviewer said: "Wow. I don't know what I was expecting but it was not the gripping emotional ride I got." 

A story of a man's search and discovery

In The Man Who Didn't Like People the protagonist has retreated from his family and society, living a hermit-like existence in the bush.

Then he learns he is terminally ill and he returns to the city to seek out his wife and children and decide who, if any of them, deserves to inherit the large fortune he will be leaving behind. 

What happens when he finds them and how that effects the decisions he eventually makes is the substance of an intriguing story which has moments of humour and sadness and leads to an ending which is expected in some ways but not in others.

Where to obtain your copy:

Hard copies can be bought on-line from Angus and Robertson, Booktopia, Book Depository, Goodreads and other retailers.

The E-book version is on Kobo and most other book sites. Hopefully it will soon be on Amazon but the delays there are increasingly annoying and I apologise if it is not yet there.

Your favourite bookshop can order it through the Ingram Spark catalogue.

If you can't find one anywhere, go to my contacts page and send me an email. I will post one to you at $30 Australian including postage in Australia or $22 Australian plus postage if elsewhere.

Like a taste? - click below

I live in Walpole, Western Australia where I spend most of my time writing and living a good life.

My next novel

I'm currently working on the story of an English migrant who decides whether to take out Australian citizenship and vote on Australia Day being celebrated on January 26th. To see how it's progressing, visit :

Not read A New Era For Manny Youngman yet?

In A New Era For Manny Youngman I introduce a hero who believes feminism has unbalanced male/female relationships and that something else is needed if men and women are to be truly equal.

I then confront him with a 15-year -old daughter he didn't know he had and the novel plays out his problems in bonding with her and putting into practice what he has been preaching. 

If you'd like a taste, try this sample:

How my books are published

The text of my novels is set up with In Design software and the covers produced in Photoshop.

Ingram Spark, a subsidiary of Lighting Source  prints and distributes my work in hard copy and digitally throughout the world.

For a full list of distributors throughout the world who can supply my books