BAM Press Wellington was established in 2015 for the purpose of promoting and selling Print copies of the John Kelly series of novels and short stories written by Bruce Melrose.
Bruce grew up on the Kapiti Coast, and is a graduate of Massey University. He was a Wellington track champion over 3000m s/c and 10,000m and a NZ 3000m s/c representative in 1989. He raced in the IAAF Grand Prix 3000m s/c in London against many of the best steeplechasers of his generation. He lives in the Hutt Valley with Ali and their two dogs Ruby and Benny.
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Busted (2020) BAM Press
A terrifying incident at a training camp sees John Kelly fleeing Africa with teenage protégé Micah Kipruyot in tow.
The Kenyans want Micah back, threatening Gayle McKee harm at the World Athletics Championships in London if Kelly doesn’t comply.
Competition. Police. Injunctions. Car chases. Drugs. Journalists. Investigations. Death. All this, while trying to win a sport which has never been so ambiguous or tough.
Has Kelly taken on more than he can handle?
Spiked (2019) BAM Press
John Kelly’s gorgeous daughter, Mirka, is as brilliant a sportsperson as her dad – and now it’s her turn to represent her country at the Olympics in her chosen field of beach volleyball. John Kelly is still coaching Gayle McKee, so he’s part of this Olympic squad too, and Gayle finally has the chance to prove herself against the best runners the world has to offer.
Elite international sport is tough enough without all the jealousy, plotting and manoeuvring Mirka, John and Gayle face as they pursue their goals. Where careers can be made and broken in a few seconds, where everything is on the line, can this exceptional trio withstand all the attempts to ruin their years of training and preparation?
From the author of the John Kelly novels Clipped Heels and Go Gayle Go comes Spiked, the most explosive Kelly novel yet.
Go Gayle Go (2017) BAM Press
Young Gayle McKee’s running ability isn’t in question. But in the highly competitive environment of premier track racing, talent – and even hard work – aren’t always enough.
As the championship track circuit asks her some searching questions, Gayle struggles to find her own identity, face her fears and make healthy, positive choices for herself. But will others let her forget the mistakes she’s made along the way? Gayle finds herself in a raging battle between those who want her mistakes to damn her forever, and those cheering her on to succeed and choose the very best for herself – including former champion athlete and now coach John Kelly.
By the author of the John Kelly novels No Wind and Clipped Heels.
Clipped Heels (2016) BAM Press
Former world champion 1500m runner John Kelly’s racing days may be behind him now, but his winning attitudes are focused on the runners he’s training – especially Sam Miller, the easygoing young charmer who hasn’t got a clue how far his talent could take him.
Can Kelly find ways to realize Sam’s potential on the international track circuits while keeping him away from his many female admirers – including Kelly’s daughter Mirka – and other distractions?
Join an older, wiser John Kelly as he battles gangsters, rivals, public opinion and self-doubt to help his young proteges make their mark in the competitive world of international track racing.
No Wind (2015) BAM Press
He’s a good middle distance runner, with dreams of becoming a world class athlete. But John Kelly spends his days as a downtrodden IT support worker – until he runs a brilliant 1500m time, and a whole new world beckons. From Barcelona to Stuttgart to Goteborg, Kelly races around the tracks of Europe on the IAAF Grand Prix circuit, facing fierce rivalries on and off the course. Now he must do all it takes to overcome those who stand between him and his goal of becoming the best 1500m runner on the planet.