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 Trade Commission, in lieu of national service. Australia was to be 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’, Michel’s first novel, is about to go to publishers.

After a sixty-year old man disappears in the surf, his devastated godchildren are summoned to a meeting in his Sydney home; surfing, fishing, financial skulduggery, a coming of age, and a strange character with amnesia are the backdrop to this roller-coaster thriller. There is a fine line between memories and reality in a search for the truth along the east coast of Australia.”

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