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Where There is a Will


By Michel Vimal du Monteil

Surfing, amnesia and a search for self

A massive cyclone swell on Sydney’s beaches claims a big wave surfer, leaving his long-term partner without a body to mourn. His four adult godchildren from far and wide gather for the reading of his will. A mystery girl from Tasmania joins them.

Down the coast, a man is pulled from the water and abandoned to his fate with a head injury and amnesia. He sets out on an odyssey along the east coast of Australia in search of his identity.

Will he like what he finds?

ISBN: 9780645084443
Publisher: Hawkeye Publishing
Pub Date: 21st August 2021
Pages: 335
Format: Large Paperback


About the author:

Born in provincial France, Michel left home as a teenager to pursue business administration studies. Rugby and boxing kept him sane during his university years, as did sailing adventures around Europe and North Africa.

In 1979, Michel arrived in Sydney on a 16-month assignment with the French Australian Chamber of Commerce. Australia became his home from then on. In the ensuing years, he had a stint running a windsurfing school in the Whitsundays; he worked at SBS TV in its early days; he was a voice-over artist, a trade consultant, a translator and a conference interpreter in Sydney and in the Asia Pacific region. In 1988, by fluke, he embarked on an investment banking career in Sydney, from which he retired in 2011.

In 2013, Michel and his wife Annemieke moved to beautiful Emerald Beach. Writing, playing music with friends, surfing, golfing and enjoying all that the beautiful Coffs Coast has to offer fill their days. Whenever time permits, Michel and Annemieke are keen travellers – domestically on motorbikes or in their 4WD, and internationally to catch up with friends and family, revisit old tramping grounds and discover new ones.