Lane Cove Local Guy Hallowes Releases His Seventh Book – Joe

Guy Hallowes is a long time Lane Cove local.  He is also an established author and his latest book Joe is his seventh book. Five of Guy’s books are set in Africa and two in Australia.

We asked Guy a few questions about his latest book

What is Joe About?

The story of ‘Joe’ starts in Kenya and is a story about a young boy being exploited by the people who should have been looking after his welfare. He then looks for a way out and joins a group of people smugglers.  They overcome innumerable difficulties and eventually make the dangerous journey across the Sahara desert to the Libyan coast joining thousands of others hoping to find their way to a better life in a western democracy.

Joe is an adventure story. It has been extensively researched and explores the reason why a person would leave their homeland, their family and friends and make the ridiculously dangerous journey across the Sahara.

I spent most of my life in various parts of Africa before migrating to Australia. I was born and brought up in Kenya, and have lived and travelled in many African countries so have a deep understanding of the continent.

What Inspires You to Write?

Five of the books are set in Africa. My Forty-odd years living in various parts of Africa are quite unique in the modern world. I am hoping that people might find the stories interesting and give them a real insight into another part of the world based on my experience.

Two of my books are set in Sydney and tell a story of what Australia might look like if Climate Change really takes hold. Very contemporary in view of COP 26.

Where Can You Buy Your Book?

Joe is available at Burns Bay Bookery or online at for Kindle and print books and you can buy at Booktopia here.

How Did You Decide to Live in Lane Cove?

My wife Diana and I and our four children migrated to Australia thirty six years ago.  Almost by accident, we arrived in Lane Cove in the middle of a rainstorm – always a good sign and have never left.

We are both deeply committed to the community here. Diana has served on the Committee of the Lane Cove Art Society and I help to run a local residents association.

What’s Your Favourite thing to do in Lane Cove?

Enjoy the many bushland walks.  Details on Bushland walks here.

What’s Your Favourite Coffee Shop in Lane Cove?

La Provence in Burns Bay Road

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