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About Victoria Osborne
Victoria Osborne was born in London and followed her parents to Australia, Hong Kong and New Zealand. Based in Australia in Covid times, you can read about her earlier travels from UK 2 NZ overland at www.ourrelationship.com.au
Two books are available on Amazon: EKTEK and Man of Clay.
EKTEK is an absurd (Thunderbirds X Colditz) adventure about endangered animals trying very, very hard to save other endangered animals. Nature may be red in tooth and claw but EKTEK (ecology/technology) is more bizarre.
Man of Clay is an artifact, folding time like a woman folds her memories. Connie tries to restore her homemade family while building her final ceramic collection. It's about frogs, clay and blood.
Some of Victoria's favourite authors include George Eliot, Corey Doctorow, Margaret Atwood, Neil Gaiman, Jane Austen, Alexandre Dumas, John Le Carré, Mervyn Peake (http://www.ourrelationshipwithnature.com/searching-for-mervyn-peake-in-sark/)
and Arthur Ransome (http://www.ourrelationshipwithnature.com/?s=Ransome)
What if they formed a secret group of resistance activists based in a zoo called Bedlam?
EKTEK like to think of themselves as an ace team of environmental warriors (ecology/technology). The truth is more surreal. Who ever heard of a frog flying a plane? Or a wallaby riding a trike? Or a Palm cockatoo piloting a wingship? Or a space ship powered by bombardier beetle juice?
Ektek activists insist on their right to survive, their right to quality of life and their right to liberty. How far will they go? How far can they go? How can they improve their conflict resolution skills?
Cover features sculpture 'Small Things' by Sam Jinks.
Connie lives in a modern day harem with her ex, the next two wives and their five children. It's a 'sensible' arrangement that cracks when a new woman arrives on the scene. Is this one wife too many? Connie struggles with the realisation she must finally let her husband go. As she builds her last collection of ceramics, Connie reflects on longing, serial monogamy and his career as a herpetologist. Humans have much in common with frogs. Metamorphosis parallels the reactions of mud and glaze in a kiln. Man of Clay is about family, frogs and art. The kiln fires hotter than the crematorium.