Living the dream … and writing about it


Jimmy Thomson had written plenty of non-fiction books but he always dreamed of writing entertaining fiction.

With more than a dozen publications to his name, he finally achieved his ambition in 2018 with the publication of his two crime novels Perfect Criminals and Tunnel Vision. 

Combining his passion for ‘mysteries’ and his innate sense of humour, Perfect Criminals and Tunnel Vision are high-octane romps through the worlds of organised crime, television, Hollywood and politics and corruption in modern Vietnam.

Read all about them HERE.


Considering he hadn’t set foot on an aeroplane before he was 30, Jimmy has more than made up for it, racking up the air miles since.

As a traveller, travel writer and a travel guide, in the intervening decades he’s been collecting passport stamps from Mexico to the Marquesas, including, especially, Vietnam.

You’ll find links to many of his adventures HERE.



rainshadowHaving created or co-created threeStepahie Waring in Crash Palace TV drama series, and having been nominated three times for  sitcom writing awards, Jimmy is nothing if not versatile.

Nowadays he prefers to write about the backstage shenanigans of TV and movie production in his novels.

But you can catch up with his screen efforts HERE.



About 22 years ago Jimmy and his partner Sue bought a new apartment and had a truly hellish time with corrupt committee members and building managers, rapacious developers,  attack-dog lawyers and nasty neighbours.

Their saving grace was that they were both authors and journalists and decided to write a book about all their trials and tribulations to warn other people about the pitfalls of buying apartments in Australia.

That book was Apartment Living which begat the long-running Flat Chat column in the Sydney Morning Herald  (now the Australian Financial Review), and led to the influential Flat Chat website, as you can read HERE.