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The author of the book: Graham Wilson
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Date of issue: October 13th 2012
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It was hot. There was sudden stillness in the late afternoon air and the surface of the small waterhole shone with unnatural smoothness. Fresh pig tracks at water's edge suggested pigs just gone. Two bubbles popped to the surface near the edge of the pool; just decaying vegetation, said my mind. I should have smelt crocodile!
A story of a missionary family in remote aboriginal Australia.
What is it about the Northern Territory that fascinates? I have only to mention it’s name in conversation and people turn to listen.
Why, for 180 years, has it drawn people from all over to come, stay longer than they imagined and, often, never leave?
This book is a memoir of a family's life in a remote aboriginal community, in Australia's Northern Territory, something the equivalent of remote Canada or Alaska, where few people go.
The place Oenpelli,(now Gunbalanya) is near Kakadu National Park, made famous in Crocodile Dundee.
This story tells of changing world as a missionary family and an aboriginal community become part of modern Australia.
This our family's story, growing amongst the people, animals and places and colours of this this strange land, alongside an aboriginal community going through its own changes; citizenship, alcohol, uranium mining, land rights, outstation development, and community self management.
It is a memoir of growing up in one of the most isolated parts of Australia - in a small aboriginal missionary community in the Northern Territory, something the equivalent of the remote Canada or Alaska. It is the landscape featured in the movie Crocodile Dundee.
It tells of the huge change in this place in the last half century with the coming of land rights and aboriginal self determination. It also tells of my mother and fathers lives and Christian beliefs which motivated their contribution to this change.
It is a story of my memories and love for this remote and beautiful place, in which I lived as a child then worked as an adult and of many NT characters who gave me the memories.It is also the story of me working as an adult across many parts of the NT and about the hardy, outlandish characters that inhabit this place.
It also tells of my own experience of surviving attack by a large crocodile in a remote swamp
It also provides a foundation for my novels in the Crocodile Spirit Dreaming Series. The places in these books are the places in which I lived and worked and many of the stories came little changed from people I knew. In particular my experience in surviving a crocodile attack of a large saltwater crocodile, which mauled my leg as told in this book forms part of the central role of the crocodile as a predator in this novel series.
The role of my father in opening road transport including building a crossing of the East Alligator River, developing outstations for aboriginal communities, learning to fly on missionary wages and establishing an aviation service along with assisting the aboriginal peoples of this land to gain royalties from mining is a story that deserves to be told as a major part of NT history. Along with his tireless work the contribution of many others is also an essential part of the story.
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Read information about the authorGraham Wilson lives in Sydney Australia.
He has completed and published ten separate books, and several combined novel box sets. They comprise two series,
1. The Old Balmain House Series
2. The Crocodile Spirit Dreaming Series
along with a family memoir. Arnhem's Kaleidoscope Children. This tells of his family's life in an aboriginal community the Northern Territory's remote Arnhem Land. It chronicles an idyllic childhood, 50 years of change with aboriginal land rights and discovery or uranium. It also tells of his surviving an attack by a large crocodile and of his work over two decades in the outback of the NT. This book is available for free at this link
His 'Old Balmain House' Series starts with 'Little Lost Girl', his most widely read book which for much of the last two years it has ranked 1 or 2 on Amazon Kindle for Australian Historical Fiction in the US and UK.
The story is based on an old a weatherboard cottage in Sydney where a photo was found of a small girl who lived and died 100 years ago. The book imagines her life and family, based in Balmain, inner Sydney, with it's locations and and history providing background. The second novel in this series, Lizzie's Tale" builds on the Balmain setting in a story of a working class teenage girl who lives in this same house in the 1950s and 1960s, It tells how, when pregnant from rape, she is determined not to surrender her baby for adoption, and of her struggle to survive in this unforgiving society. The third novel in this series, Devil's Choice, follows the next generation when Lizzie's daughter is faced with the awful choice of whether to seek help of one of her mother's rapists' to save the life of her daughter inflicted with an incurable disease.
The Crocodile Spirit Dreaming Series of five novels is set in Outback Australia. The first novel 'Just Visiting' tells of Susan, an English backpacker, who visits the Northern Territory and is captivated and in great danger from a man who loves crocodiles. It has parallels with the Joanne Lees and Wolfe Creek stories in the Outback Noir genre. It uses the author's real life experience and knowledge of these locations to build a plausible and authentic story. The next book 'The Diary' follows the consequences of the first book based around the discovery of this man's remains and Susan, being placed on trial for murder. Book 3, 'The Empty Place' is about Susan's struggle to retain her sanity in jail while her family and friends desperately try to find out what really happened on that fateful day before it is too late. In Book 4, 'Lost Girls' Susan vanishes with a search for her and four other lost girls whose passports were found in the possession of the man she killed. The final book, 'Sunlit Shadow Dance' is of a girl who appears in a remote aboriginal community in North Queensland, without any memory except for a name. It tells how she rebuilds her life from an empty shell and how, as fragments of the past return, with them come dark shadows that threaten to overwhelm her. There is also a recently published Series prequel 'Return of the Breaker' which tells of the earlier life of the other main character, Mark.
Books are published as ebooks by Smashwords, Amazon, Kobo, Ibooks and other major ebook publishers. Some books are available in print through Amazon Create Space, Ingram Spark and in local bookshops.
Graham is in the early stages of planning a memoir about his family's connections with Ireland called "Memories Only Remain" and also is compiling information for a book about the early NT cattle industry, its people and its stories.
Graham writes for the creative pleasure it brings him. He is particularly gratified each time an unknown person reads and enjoys what he had written
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