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Book: Gifts of the Peramangk by Dean Mayes

Book: Gifts of the Peramangk by Dean Mayes

categories: Book, Aborigines, Music, Violin, Racism, Family, Adelaide, Stolen Generations, White Australia Policy, Coming of Age, Poverty, Drama, Australia


Dean Mayes

Author Dean Mayesabout this book: Gifts of the Peramangk represents my quest to understand one of the most controversial periods in Australia's history - the White Australia Policy - and the resultant Stolen Generations. Through the eyes of a young Aboriginal child prodigy named Ruby, I sought to portray a very real family who has been profoundly affected by the policies of the past and I explore their struggle in a modern society that treats them with antipathy.

The glue that holds them together however, is the special relationship young Ruby has with her ailing grandmother Virginia. Virginia teaches Ruby the violin and her talent is considerable but, in their poor circumstance, any chance that Ruby might have for a better life seems remote. However a chance meeting with an esteemed music professor may offer a glimmer of hope for Ruby.

This is a powerful story and an inspiring one. The cast have been created through meticulous research and anyone who loves a true under dog story will find much to enjoy in Gifts Of The Peramangk.

This is perhaps my most personal work and I am very proud of this novel.

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