MAPLETON AUTHOR Peter Maidens is close behind the central character in his first novel, Fake or Fortune launched recently on the Blackall Range.

The book’s hero is Peter Sharp, an attractive livestock and fine art auctioneer who becomes entangled with the Morgan Collection of fine art paintings.

The story begins on the extensive black-soil plains of north-west New South Wales and moves to London, the enticing island of Sicily and back to Australia.

Apart from being a story of family intrigue, theft and murder, Peter Maidens has created a love story that stretches over two decades and leads his hero, Peter Sharp, through a series of adventures and relationships before the book reaches its climax.

The novel’s intricate descriptions of work amongst livestock, outback station life and fine art valuations reflects Peter Maiden’s own life over almost thirty years around Canberra as a stock and real estate agent and auctioneer, mainly in his own business.

Following retirement to the Sunshine Coast Hinterland Peter acquired a taste for fine art and he travelled widely in Europe, particularly Sicily, to improve his knowledge of the masters. Peter has woven his knowledge of European artists into his novel and shines a fascinating light on the world of fine art auctions.

Fake or Fortune reveals some amazing, and sometimes shocking surprises for Peter Sharp during the ten years that he is involved with the Morgan Collection, and before his troubled first love is finally resolved.

Fake or Fortune is on sale at Rosetta Books or contact: sales@fakeorfortune.com