In these times of isolation and disconnection,
love is still the universal healer…
and where that love comes from may surprise us.

‘This novel will surprise you, not only for its daring in placing a gay male love story in rural Australia, but also for the tenderness with which it shines a light on the power of love.’

— Jan Cornall, Writer’s Journey

Something Else

When his father died, David Mulkerin gave up teaching in Sydney to come home and run the family farm in Western NSW. He is driven by personal demons and family tragedy to see it through, despite his love of teaching and the ongoing drought and debt.

When David meets the new local doctor Martin James, there is a meeting of minds and dark pasts. Martin is intrigued by David’s closed demeanour and makes an effort to reach him. They strike up a friendship, able to understand the pain in each other’s pasts. When David discovers that Martin is gay, he feels duped and betrayed, but the revelation forces him to confront what it means to love someone and how sometimes we don’t get to choose.

Australian fiction author Alicia Thompson

Alicia grew up in Wollombi, a village in country NSW. Her twenties were spent travelling, working in the UK, and leading adventure tours in China and the Middle East. By the turn of the millennium she was back in Australia, consulting, teaching and promoting her writing work from her company efolio Pty Limited

Always looking for ways to do more of what she loves, Alicia developed her writing skills through a program of reading and short courses, which culminated in a Masters in Creative Writing at the University of Technology, Sydney.


Thompson absolutely transports you to a small town and the surrounding farms in NSW, Australia. The story flows smoothly, and the descriptions are vivid. A brilliant story if you’re looking for something real and emotional.

Liliyana Shadowlyn, Apr 2022


The author writes so well about place…there’s also some strong themes – and it’s a powerful and moving narrative.

Something Else had me feeling deeply, caring deeply, and hoping deeply.

– Jen Pritchard, Mar 2022


Something Else made me laugh and made me cry. I would definitely recommend this book to others

– Adelline, May 2022

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