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Down Under

J.M. Anderson

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When Jay Wilson, a new graduate as a Doctor of Chiropractic, flew into Melbourne in February 1974, things were not as he expected. From ham sandwiches to hoop snakes, South Australian pigs and foul-mouthed cockatoos, it was non-stop adventure.


When severe illness forces him to return to America, he finds himself pining for the country that has stolen his heart.


Based on a true story, Adjustments Down Under is about a gentle, talented man finding his destiny in this Great Southern Land. Hilariously funny and deeply moving, this is a story about joy and sadness, brokenness and ultimate human victory, and about finding true love.

Australa only

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Australia & International customers

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About the Author

J.M. Anderson was raised in  rural Victoria.  She has lots of brothers and one precious sister, five wonderful children, a stack of amazing grandchildren, and a husband who spoils her. 

She holds a Diploma of Teaching, IECD  Kew, and has taught Kindergarten and Primary School.  She has also obtained her qualification as a Chiropractic Assistant through RMIT, Melbourne.  She is active in community affairs and between 2010 - 2015 led a successful campaign to save and develop a public park, working with Local and State Government.  Currently she is employed as a business manager, but writing remains her passion.

She loves to write, to become a channel for this art form,  to allow the work to flow through her, to paint pictures and build auras with words, creating images so vivid the words disappear.  She writes from the heart, through hard won experience, so her words ring true.  She has a love of Australia: the Aussie humour, vernacular, courage and mateship, and this shines through her writing.

Her debut novel, Adjustments Down Under, was released in December 2018. She is currently working on a series of children's books, and, through popular demand, the sequel to Adjustments Down Under is brewing.

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'There's a lot to like and admire in this work.  It truly has a broad sweep and plenty of colourful characters, big themes, and slices of genuine historical interest.  Descriptive passages are always compelling ... the dialogue snaps along ... excellent character portrayals ... touching, unique, delightful.  I was impressed.'  

- Nick Stevens, television and radio writer

"I read A LOT, from Astrophysics to Zen. As with recipes, it takes sorting to find books that suit my tastes. I allow 20 pages: enough to know if the style and substance deserves a place on my list. This book did not go on my list ...... because I couldn’t put it down! Anderson’s production rates with the best authors ever. The reader becomes part of the adventure, not just an observer. Character development is stunning; very “dystinktive”. Locations are visable, crossing physical and cultural latitudes.Situations are personal, tangible. The work is a contemporary, happier Steinbeck. Although the book ends, clearly the story is just at a fork. I eagerly anticipate the sequel. It will not be on my list either!"

- Kenneth K Ritchie, MD

As a 'non reader' for a number of years, this book has rekindled my desire to read more. The characters are many and varied, the story gets you in really quickly and maintains its intensity throughout. The Authors use of words is evocative - so much so you can feel yourself immersed in the landscape or in the room with the characters of the story. A great story eloquently told. 

- Janine Moscript

Very occasionally one has the privilege to read a book like ‘Adjustments Down Under’; I had this privilege recently when a copy was gifted to me.  Once I had started to read I genuinely had great difficulty in putting the book down.  I believe the author J M Anderson has a gifted ability to bring both the characters and situations to life.  This ability has you, the reader, experiencing the same situations and knowing the same people as if you were there with Dr Jay.  The book had me laughing, crying and wanting to slap some people!


I highly recommend ‘Adjustments Down Under’ to anyone wanting to better understand the Aussie ways, especially anybody starting or moving to a different way of life.

- Rob B –BA (CC) Tabor, Grad Dip (CC) Tabor, Cert IV (A&OD) Swinburne

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Now available at Collins Booksellers, Sale, VIC 

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Thanks to Des at Korumburra Newsgency for your amazing support!

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Thanks to Leongatha Newsagency for supporting local authors!

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Adjustments Down Under now  available at Wonthaggi Newsagency (Thank you Fiona!), and Naracoorte Newsagency (Thankyou so much to Clay and Chris).

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Inverloch Rotary Twilight Markets

3:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Find out more here! 

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Australia Day 

Saturday 26 January 2019

Adjustments Down Under  available at Inverloch NewsXpress.


Adjustments Down Under  is available at Turn the Page Bookshop in Cowes. Thanks Lois for your amazing support and advice! 

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Adjustments Down Under  is available at Phillip Island Traders, a huge thank you and congratulations to Kaz and Jan! 

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Grandkids pic back by request!

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Thank you Hilary at Hare and Tortoise Bookshop, Korumburra, for stocking Adjustments Down Under and supporting local authors!


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