Vimal du Monteil


Michel was born in provincial France in 1955, in a military family. He left home as a teenager to pursue business administration studies. Rugby and boxing kept him sane during his university years. Yachting was also an important part of his life; whenever time permitted he embarked on sailing adventures around Europe and North Africa.

In 1979, Michel arrived in Sydney on a 16-month assignment with the French Australian Chamber of Commerce. Australia became his home from then on. In the ensuing years, he had a stint running a windsurfing and sailing school on Hayman Island in the Whitsundays; he worked at SBS TV in its early days; he was a voice-over artist, a trade consultant, a translator, a conference interpreter in Sydney and in the Asia Pacific region… In 1988, by fluke, he embarked on an investment banking career in Sydney, from which he retired in 2011.

In 2013, Michel and his wife Annemieke settled in their new home at beautiful Emerald Beach, on the NSW Coffs Coast. Other than writing, Michel enjoys playing music with friends at open mic pub sessions and pursuing a number of sporting endeavours (surfing, golf, cycling, swimming). Whenever time permits, Michel and Annemieke are keen travellers - domestically on motorbikes or in their 4WD, and internationally to catch up with friends and family, revisit old tramping grounds and discover new ones.


WHERE THERE IS A WILL by Michel Vimal du Monteil is available through Hawkeye Publishing, AmazonBooktopia, The Book Warehouse and in all the usual places, including your favourite bookshop and libraries. Also available as an e-Book from Kindle and Booktopia and all the usual sites.

A massive cyclone swell on Sydney’s beaches claims a big wave surfer, leaving his long-term partner without a body to mourn. His four adult godchildren from far and wide gather for the reading of his will. A mystery girl from Tasmania joins them.

Down the coast, a man is pulled from the water and abandoned to his fate with a head injury and amnesia. He sets out on an odyssey along the east coast of Australia in search of his identity.

Will he like what he finds?

ISBN-10 : ‎ 0645084441

Where There is a Will was published on 17th September 2021 by Hawkeye Publishing.

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