Coming soon. I’m currently working on the sequel to The Road Behind.

Mark and Fiona’s son, Nelson, continues the Kidman saga in It Grows on Trees.
It’s eleven years on and Mark’s estranged father, Nelson’s grandfather, is dying.
Nelson’s happy childhood starts to unravel as he becomes entwined in the tangled roots of his family tree.

Nelson's Family Tree


Sad Jokes

Have you ever noticed that jokes are always funny? Well, they’re meant to be. Why don’t we have sad jokes? I’m serious. There’s a standard format for all jokes: there’s a set-up – or story – then there’s the punch line – which is funny. Why don’t we have punch lines which are profound, poignant and a little sad?

Like, there’s an Englishman, an Irishman and a Scotsman go into a bar and the barman says, ‘My father used to beat me. But abusive childhoods are quite common in the hospitality industry.’

It’s just an idea.

Melbourne Launch

The launch went well.

Wine was drunk
Tales were told
Laughs were laughed
And books were sold


1) Is this book autobiographical?

No, not at all. The character of Mark is nothing like me. He’s a complete arsehole. But by the end of the book he’s a much better person than I’ll ever be – and all in under four hundred pages. That’s fiction for you.

2) Is this book all about sex and drugs and rock an roll?
Absolutely not. It’s only 40% sex, 30% drugs, 10% rock n roll, 10% soppy bits and 10% filler.

3) Is it true that some characters in this book are based on real people?
Absolutely. The character of Uncle Rupert is based on former Australian Prime Minister, John Howard.

4) Is it true that you had to take out a lot of the big words for Australian readers?
No. It’s a common misconception in New Zealand that all Australians are thick. In fact no more than 50% to 60% of Australians can be so classified.

5) Can I have a book for free?

The Road Behind’s World Tour

The Road Behind hits Europe.  It’s being read in Finland as we speak.  There are copies in, or on their way to, the US, and the UK.

The Road Behind has been translated

The Road Behind is now available in two languages: Australian and New Zealand.

Auckland Launch booked for 20th November

Bryan staff will lauch the book at Time Out Bookshop, Mt Eden, on 20th November.
It’s just a few doors along from where Proud Scum used to play on the footpath.

Auckland Launch

Bryan Staff will be launching the book in Auckland.  Date and venue still to be confirmed.

Preparing for the Melbourne Launch – 23rd October

The Road Behind is Jonathan Griffith’s first published novel. Jonathan and I met in 1999. We’d both joined a writers’ group at the Footscray Community Arts Center facilitaed by Mammad Aidani. It was a formative group for several of us who have continued to write and publish children’s books, plays, poetry and now – the novel!! [Read more…]