Hard Pressed

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1960s & '70s

Robert Moore

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Hard Pressed is set in Tasmania in 1969. Guy Mason is in his first year of teaching and struggles to suppress his sexual awakening. He is unaware that his older brother is about to drop a bombshell. Intrigue and suspense combine to reveal information which affects Guy’s relationship with those he thinks he loves.


Family, Mystery, Political, Suspense / Thriller, Young Adult, Crime, Drama, Historical Fiction, LGBT,

Short Summary

It is March 1969. Guy Mason, a first year teacher returns from the West Coast of Tasmania to spend Easter with his family. A liaison with another man has implications not only for him but the rest of his family.


Rural and rugged Tasmania

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Internal Journey/Rebirth

Plot - Other Elements

Philosophical Questions, Twist, Coming of Age, Meaningful Message

Mature Audience Themes

Extreme Violence, Nudity

Main Character Details

Name: Guy Mason is in his early twenties and confused or perhaps unable to express his sexual identity. He is totally devoted to his teaching and avoids having to play it straight whenever possible which happens most of the time. His older brother has been groomed to take over the family farm and so he finds himself in a teaching career encoraged by his mother. The macho man image is something he has tp present to the world but the conflict with his unrequited is a burden he has to process in private.sexuality

Age: 23

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Educated, Empathetic, Engaging, Secretive, Underdog, Complex, Desperate, Romantic, Aspiring, Faithful, Insecure, Lone Wolf, Naive, Perseverance, Sexy, Masculine, Modest

Additional Character Details

Name: Keith Mason

Age: 45

Gender: Male

Role: Antagonist

Key Traits: Leader, Patriotic, Unapologetic, Aggressive, Aspiring, Blunt, Complex, Confident, Insecure, Desperate, Educated, Faithful, Strong Moral Code, Crazy, Honorable, Masculine, Outspoken, Power-hungry, Sarcastic

Additional Character Details

Name: Marjory Mason

Age: 42

Gender: Female

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Educated, Empathetic, Engaging, Gracious, Insecure, Modest, Secretive, Beautiful, Complex, Desperate, Selfless, Underdog, Charming, Faithful, Obedient, Strong Moral Code

Additional Character Details

Name: Phillip Mason

Age: 25

Gender: Male

Role: Sidekick

Key Traits: Leader, Modest, Perseverance, Faithful, Insecure, Sarcastic, Underdog, Complex, Naive, Secretive, Strong Moral Code, Desperate, Masculine, Lone Wolf, Outspoken, Skillful, Educated, Heartthrob

About The Author

Target Audiences

Age: 35-54

Target Gender: LGBT leaning

Group Specific

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Publishing Details

Status: Yes: with a Publisher

Publisher: MLR Press but i now have the rights

Year Published: 2012

Hard Copy Available



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