By Ray Glick­man

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - BOOKS -

THE rise of re­al­ity shows ques­tion­ing fate and self­de­ter­mi­na­tion is at the heart of a thought­pro­vok­ing novel launched re­cently at the Ho­bart Book­shop in Sala­manca.

Au­thor Ray Glick­man, who holds masters de­grees in busi­ness, ap­plied so­cial stud­ies, and psy­chol­ogy and phi­los­o­phy, chose to use Ho­bart as a launch­ing pad for his fic­tional novel Re­al­ity.

Ray was the CEO of the City of Fre­man­tle and has a back­ground in psy­chol­ogy and so­cial work, as well as lead­er­ship and man­age­ment.

He now heads up Western Aus­tralia’s largest aged- care fa­cil­ity group and brought his aca­demic and busi­ness skills to the fore in this ex­cel­lent crisp novel. The chap­ters are snappy with tight writ­ing.

“I chose Ho­bart to be the first city [ to launch the book] out­side of my home state as I think the people here will re­late well to the sense of mar­itime in the book,” Ray said.

“The book ap­plies the tech­niques of re­al­ity tele­vi­sion, which will make people re­flect on mod­ern so­ci­ety, their own moral­ity and level of ma­nip­u­la­tion.

“It will ap­peal to a broad range of people. The char­ac­ters show the vul­ner­a­bil­ity of hu­mans and are like or­di­nary people we meet.”

The novel, which took seven years to com­plete, is hard to put down once you start read­ing.

ROGER HAN­SON

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