New book by Canberran author JG Montgomery- Meditations in Orange

JGMontgomery 13 August 2014 6

“Before long we are in the field, searching for bodies or body parts. The briefing tells us that the mud is over a metre deep in places and, although now starting to dry under the baking sun, it almost sucks our boots off as we trudge with sweat in our eyes across a large paddock that once grew butternut pumpkins. I tread on one of these spoilt vegetables and it splits open, rotten to the core, spilling maggots onto the searing ground.”

Meditations in Orange- A volunteer life in the ACT Emergency Services by JG Montgomery is the second book to be released by new Canberra based publisher Pendragon Publishing & Design.

From searching for snowboarders in Kosciuszko, to the 2003 Canberra fires, the tragic mud strewn fields of Grantham, and the aftermath of Cyclone Yasi, Meditations in Orange is a personal, entertaining and often poignant recount of the author’s experiences as one of the often undervalued contributors to the essential work of Australia’s emergency service organisations.

Meditations in Orange is JG Montgomery’s fourth book. He is also the author of A Case for Ghosts (Ginninderra Press 2012), the illustrated children’s book The Oomee Mau Mau (Willow Moon Press 2012) and WYRD: a personal journey into the beliefs and philosophies of the known and unknown (CFZ 2014) and contributed to, and edited poetry in, Capital Reflections (Pendragon Publishing & Design 2014).

Meditations in Orange is available at the author’s website and through and will be available in selected bookstores from September.

Also available from Pendragon Publishing & Design – Capital Reflections: a collection of poetry and thoughts from contemporary Canberran and ex- Canberran authors, poets, musicians and artists (2014).


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6 Responses to New book by Canberran author JG Montgomery- Meditations in Orange
JGMontgomery JGMontgomery 2:25 pm 04 Sep 14

And I’ve just been made aware, now available at the National Portrait Gallery.

JGMontgomery JGMontgomery 1:43 pm 30 Aug 14

Book is now also available in Bookpassion at Belconnen markets.

JGMontgomery JGMontgomery 1:12 pm 29 Aug 14

And now available at Smiths Alternative bookstore in the city.

JGMontgomery JGMontgomery 9:18 am 25 Aug 14

Just letting people know that the book launch for Meditations in Orange is at Smiths Alternative, Alinga Street City, at 7.30pm Tomorrow night, Tuesday 26th August.

JGMontgomery JGMontgomery 8:32 am 14 Aug 14

Hi Damien,

In the short term, it will soon be available at Smiths Alternative, Beyond Q, Paperchain and Bookchain. We also have plans to have it in the National Portrait gallery plus a number of other national institutions.


damien haas damien haas 6:11 pm 13 Aug 14

Which bookstores ? I’d buy this, but i would need a flick through it first.

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