Samples of novels, short stories, educational books

About Me

I am a writer of published science education books; and of a novel available as an eBook, another to be published soon and short stories for which I'm seeking publishers.

This site offers

Excerpts of novels and short stories. Links are provided to science education publications and a cover is shown of an out-of print book because I love its graphic so much.



"Teachers don't have time to scratch themselves, but writing was important to me so I made time - occasionally while still employed and more prolifically since early retirement." Keith McTaggart wrote his first short story at the age of 14 - a detective tale that exposed a false arrest due to racial prejudice. During a thirty-five year teaching career he wrote letters, articles, working papers, educational books and started a share of a text book series and a novel. After early retirement, a share of a science text book series was completed, the novel was finished, another started and finished and a couple of short stories were written. Sequels to both novels are planned, one of them has been started.


"Collingwood Flat is a who dunnit detective story wrapped up in an historically set underbelly gang war … It is a romp of a novel.”                                    Clare Allan Kamil  {author and editor}

Collingwood Flat

Now available on Smashwords or at your favourite eBook retailer

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Or for kids, why not try 

Alex and the Submarine

Soon to be available on Smashwords or atyour favourite eBook retailer

An Adventure Story for Ten to Eleven Years - boy hero, girl heroes and even a dog hero

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Short Stories

Carat the Parrot or It's a nice village

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Non-fiction/Science Education

Science as a Human Endeavour - Biology for Years 7 and 8 - Blake Education

Science as a Human Endeavour - Biology for Years 9 and 10 - Blake Education

Flushing Dunnies [with Paul Saddler] - Melbourne Water and S.T.A.V. [out of print], illustrated by Patricia Bush

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