Proceeds from the sale of this book will be used to support the author’s international cooperation and development projects in Colombia.


THE NOVEL IS ALSO AVAILABLE IN EBOOK FORMAT (through the Canada, USA, Mexico, Brazil, UK, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Japan, and India sites)!

If you don’t have a kindle reader, you can easily download the free kindle reading app here for just about any device:

Not All Men Are Monsters
Sex. Travel. Food. Life.
By Brian Johnston
ISBN 978-1442160460


The true story of Brian, a self-confident chef travelling with determination and focus, until he meets a Japanese girl who confuses everything.

Commitment and dedication to his work in developing countries has always seemed to be enough, but after feeling a profound connection followed by rejection, Brian reflects deeply on past behaviours, unsure if his eagerness to see intimate relationships work has matched his willingness to move on.

The challenges are compounded as he tries to get to know his newest encounter by email and chat, while he travels and researches culture and cuisine, meeting a diversity of inspiring people in Europe, Africa and Asia along the way.

Will personal growth and understanding be worth the effort, or is the high road leading to an airport the smarter way to go?

ANY_CHARACTER_HEREProceeds from the sale of this book will be used to support the author’s international development projects.

35 Responses to “the book ”

  1. 1 Mire
    July 22, 2009 at 8:51 pm

    Having meet Brian I can not wait to read the book, I have high expectations and a strong curiosity to know the side of men about relationships. I think is a great idea to have this space to comment and to expend our experience with the book. Best Regards.

  2. 2 Tobi
    July 23, 2009 at 9:43 am

    Hi Brian, met you in Jakarta at Mega’s and Jeanny’s house 🙂
    Sounds really interesting and I hope I’ll get this book in my home country Austria …
    Greetings and take care,

  3. 4 Roan
    July 23, 2009 at 3:07 pm

    Saludos! Brian, tu amigo de siempre en Canada.

    I’ve known Brian since he was 21, we had a not-so cordial introduction at our first day at work as we “shared” a desk in a corporate office at one of Canada’s biggest financial institutions, but we eventually became good friends as we shared an appreciation for culture and the intellect.

    I have seen Brian’s transformation from computer techie, to financial advisor, then artist and eventually becoming a world-class chef and author… that’s how I see him anyways.

    I’m a product of an “international journey” myself, starting as a rather lucky upper middle-class family child in Latin America morphing into a regular North American teenager and eventually becoming a complex adult with what I consider a rich “international” culture having gone through a life of comfort as well as war and starting over again in unknown lands… it is because of that perspective that I can appreciate and value the tremendous importance of Brian’s outter and inner discovery journey throughout the world.

    Congratulations! my friend, best of luck as always and always look forward not back. Cheers!

  4. 5 Jeanny
    July 27, 2009 at 3:37 am

    Hi Bule, i cannot wait to read your book especially about the Thai and Japan 🙂 Hmmm you make me curious. Cheers

  5. 6 Eric Halen
    July 28, 2009 at 7:59 pm

    The book cover with the homage to the Japanese flag and the funky retro script reminds me of Godzilla…no, not the Hollywood-ified, Matthew Broderick version, but the Godzilla of the 60s who was feared by those who provoked and angered him into crushing their beloved Tokyo, but loved by children and those who could truly see into his heart. This is how I see Brian.

  6. 7 the marie from macau
    July 29, 2009 at 6:41 am

    (the jp girl who can’t stop looking at her phone)

    i’m so waiting forward to this book!
    when is it going to come out?

    • 8 Brian
      August 7, 2009 at 6:23 am

      the proof’s been approved for sale, only a matter of time before it’s up on amazon! will keep you posted!! thx!! 🙂

  7. 9 the marie from macau
    July 29, 2009 at 6:42 am

    i meant so looking forward to this book
    i can’t type

  8. 10 Tim
    July 31, 2009 at 5:43 pm


  9. 11 Vivi
    August 3, 2009 at 11:18 pm

    I had the privilege to be the first one who saw the first draft copy of this book. Even before you!!! 😛 . I was so eager to read it that I made the worst mistake of my life, I scanned through it to get an idea of what is it about (probably because you said i could read parts of it in this blog and I couldnt resist the temptation of having it all for me for one night. So guys 1: dont ever do that as soon as you get the book, read it carefully!! Of course I tried to redeem myself and as soon as you gave it to me, I read it..and I ll probably read it again to remember more details and practice my english! 2: there is no much work and passion put in this book that it is worth to read it more than once. 3: the same applies for this blog!!!
    I highly recommend it. It is a story that captured my attention and senses and made me feel part of it since the very beginning (by remembering my own personal experiences) no matter if you agree or disagree with the actions, ideas or situations presented. It is a very personal story told in a very honest and sincere way.
    Thanks for sharing it with us. Wish you the best with this project and the future ones.

  10. 12 Vivi
    August 3, 2009 at 11:20 pm

    oooppppsssssssss….Sooooo much work……

  11. 13 jerry
    August 7, 2009 at 4:20 am


    Im excited with this book. its grate knowing you back in cameroon in 2003 when we were doing the volunteer job. You’ve gone a long long way. Congratulations, hacko!

  12. 14 jerry
    August 7, 2009 at 4:21 am

    whew, i made a typo error, its great not grate, hahaha

  13. 15 Nicklas
    August 13, 2009 at 6:13 pm

    I just ordered a copy – I’m really looking forward reading the book Brian!

    Thanks for the good days in Malaysia!


  14. 17 sanjeev
    August 17, 2009 at 11:54 pm

    hey brain, i am very happy for you, sorry irrespective of your regular mails, could not write as was travelling to the U.S. my dear friend suffered a major heart surgery,i am still with him, best of luck and looking forward to read this book.

  15. 18 Frances
    August 21, 2009 at 4:58 am

    Hey Brian,

    Well, well, well, I’ve often asked about your journeys and find it quite exciting that you’re doing all these exciting things.

    I almost fell off of my chair when I read the summary of your book on Amazon!!!

    I certainly don’t know that side of Brian.

    I will read the book… Frances 🙂

  16. 19 tiko
    August 26, 2009 at 8:37 pm

    I just bought it. Looking forward to the read. 🙂

  17. 20 sara
    September 2, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    wow brian je suis fier de te connaitre lache pas tu fais de belle et de grande chose

  18. 21 Mire
    September 16, 2009 at 1:15 am

    Finally the book arrived today! I will follow Vivi’s advice to read it carefully. It traveled from Toronto to Buenos Aires, when I received today at word I was so happy everyone in the office noticed the arrival haha, I proudly said to everybody that I knew the author hehe. I will now put on my pj’s and start reading the book for the first time. I’m really excited.

  19. 22 Sanne
    September 29, 2009 at 11:09 am

    I finished it within a week! Not only an amazing story with all that life has to offer (an average fictive novel has fewer surprising turns – and this one actually happened), but also well-written (I like the perspective of seeing everything trough Brian’s eyes only). I recommend it to all of you.

  20. 23 sara
    October 7, 2009 at 3:06 am

    une version francaise serait tellement apprecier meme si je vais quand meme tenter den trouver une copie mais ca va me prendre des annees le lire 😛

  21. 24 nadia
    October 7, 2009 at 3:07 am

    salut brian ses nadia ds le cour de cuisine.Ta tu une version francais, dsl je ne comprend pas langlais.Jaimerais decouvrir ton livre

    • 25 notallmen
      October 7, 2009 at 3:57 pm

      merci sara et nadia!! pour l’instant, il n’y en a pas une version francaise; il faut que beaucoup du monde l’achete en anglais avant qu’on puisse considerer une traduction!! 😉 ca sera peut-etre plus vite si tu apprends l’anglais!!! 😉

  22. 26 nadia
    October 8, 2009 at 2:44 am

    Apprendre l`anglais moi je deja poche en francais se vend tu partout ton livre?

  23. 28 Mire
    October 22, 2009 at 5:14 pm

    I really like your novel Brian. Went I started the book I reflected a lot of it in my own life, but I got over my own as I went deeply into the story.

    At the begging it was hard to follow and get used to the idea of not having “narration”. But the way it is makes you feel more “intimate” with the story.

    I didn’t want to stop reading, but I didn’t want to read it fast, so it was very difficult every night deciding where I should stop reading until the next day.

    It is very remarkable the way you are able to make the novel so readable (english is not my native language), I remember me saying all the time to stop with the editing, but I see now it was worth every minute you spent working in this book.

    I’m very proud of you =)

  24. April 27, 2010 at 8:14 am

    Hey Brian,
    I just received the book! Almost can not stop reading it, but I have ton of things to do!
    I feel like I am reading your online correspondences in secret.

    I once started an architectural project based on a night of online conversations with various people around the world, I have to “censored” quite some sentences, as I do not want my studio mates to get to my private life!

    You are brave..!


    • 30 notallmen
      April 27, 2010 at 11:15 am

      ha ha, do you have a copy of your architectural project online? i’d be interested to see it! i actually worked on an urban planning project as a volunteer in bangladesh a few years ago, trying to introduce ‘ecocities’ and more human-friendly developments to the university students..

      happy you’re enjoying the book! and please feel encouraged to pass the link/praise around, i need all the marketing assistance i can get! 🙂

  25. May 3, 2010 at 2:26 pm

    I have been so busy the last few days! I am so wanted to continue reading/ peeping to your book!

    Were you architecture/ or urban planning trained?

    Check this out. The golden sculptural like thing is the result of the “online conversation”. It was a conceptual piece for my architectural direction for studio. Basically, it was about making connections. By connecting different points from a 2D surface, one can forms unpremeditated 3D form. The golden thing is actually an soft enclosure to spend a night outside.

  26. 35
    September 10, 2014 at 3:05 am

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    I guess for now i’ll settle for book-marking and adding your RSS feed to my Google account.
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