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Wedge: Life and Love Delivered
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The Brumby Creek Tales pdf and e-pub edns.
Wedge: Life and Love Delivered.
The premium work in this category is Wedge: Life and Love Delivered.
This is a work of historical fiction that covers a lot of ground in presenting life stories. Of the lives in focus the central figure is a child, Seamus O'Toule, who was subjected to brutal experiences by the excessive and largly uncontrolled judicial power of the British empirical governance in mid to late 19thC.
Seamus is an Irish child, but it is not essentially an Irish story. In the colonies of Australia, the convict era ended before Seamus' arrival on the scene. There was no shortage of people convicted of minor offences and others convicted of no real offence at all, because there was a thriving trade in labour. Men, women and children would be assigned as bonded servants or workers in the new world. The boy's father, Thomas, found himself exiled to the Americas in time to be given a gun and a uniform to take his chances in the American Civil War. Of course he died: soldiers of all persuasions died in those kind of wars that they knew nothing
In Waterford, Thomas O'Toule's fifteen year old son worked long days to support a step-mother and three young step-brothers, but he too fell foul of the same excesses of judicial legerdemaine. A timely intervention by an officer of the Home Office saw him shipped to New South Wales which was then the most prosperous of the Australian colonies, instead of serving a very demeaning domestic servitude. Like many exiled young men of his time, Seamus' fortunes changed, remarkably. In the service of Scottish Pastoralists, he became the deeply loved alter-ego of the son they had lost in one of the Empire's all too frequent minor wars.
An unlikely friendship with a doctor, Harold Cheltam, hero of the African Zulu Wars, opens chapter after chapter of entertaining experieriences and dramatic conflict with the local Senior Constable who must discredit or dispose of the doctor. Cheltam was the hapless witness to a callous murder. Of course, he had a lovelly daughter and Seamus would be the lucky young man to capture her love.
It is a love story; a story that exemplifies history; a murder story and a story of a struggle to survive in an isolated district where the Senior Constable's word was the law, the evidence, and a writ-of-right; his right.
Wedge, in print, is a work of 450 action filled pages. It will be available in e-book on Google Book and perhaps other outlets and, in print, by individual application to mail@OvadaAU.com.
On Google, the novel is available now (April 2015). There will be discounts for several weeks.
Poor Angelina: Life's Loves Lost and Thrice Bewitched
Angelina is the first of my 'Children of the Wars' series, It is a short novel of about 125 pages (in print).
Angelina has lost her loved family because of wars. Her one surviving sister, who has forgotten to love her beautiful young sister, migrates to the new world in search of happiness. Angelina's life has been filled by tragedy and a degree of personal loss so devastating as to cast her into a world of depression and halucination. She follows her sister's footsteps, migrating to Sydney at a time when it was possible to fall one's feet in a land of opportunity. Several husbands later, Angelina did! Her older sister had only two husbands but never acquired the skill.
It is a poignant story of cruel loss inflcted by war, and a story of kindness, love and hope that will surely have a sequel.
The Brumby Creek Tales are several sequential stories that offer a picture of life, love and politics in a tiny rural settlement. The purpose is humour and entertainment, but the reader might conclude,
'Yes, life would have been like that, and I know the characters who would have made it so.'
The Life of Alf, is another short novel, sequential to 'Angelina'. It is the life of her sister, Millie's, uncomtrolled son, the student so loved by all at Redfern School, who matures to become his mother's nightmare, at least until he must take her back to London, or deal with the police and the union bosses.
Alf is everybody's rogue, to be loved or shunned, depending upon where the interest lay. London might, prove to be a respite from the attentions of criminal bosses instead of the military police who worried about his neglect of army service, a decade before: then, he might have hanged for desertion.
The Life of Alf is based on the actual experiences of two or three comic characters who simply could not cope with the day-to-day drudgery of honest work.
Fortunes Leroche (temporary title) is a novel about an American family whose father, patriarch, is on the run from his home-land where a sheriff has marked him as the one guilty of the murder of an estranged wife. Joseph Leroche wanders the world until he finds love and trust in woman who will give him a home and a new life. But Joseph's family will not live without him and several of his sons will join him in his southern adopted homeland, New Zealand. But there is a price. An elder son, who was the child of the murdered woman, will go to any length to gain legal title to the estate that Joseph was forced to leave behind in West Virginia.
(I am loving this story as it unfolds! Author, John D'Mille)
Wally. (temporary title). Wally is next in the category of stories of 'children of the wars.' It is a happier story than it might have been in real life because, Wally, the much loved work mate of a home-builder's work team, was saved from a life of alcholic degradation by the love of Maria, an Italian woman who has been disowned by Alberto, the 'husband; whom she served faithfully for two decades. A joyous home-coming to Ovada, rural Italy, with Wally at her side, is only matched
for humorous momentum by the stories and friendship that Wally strikes up with her brother. The key to a very humourous story is Alberto's first wife, the Sardinian countess.
Erik, lufthansa pilot, cattleman's air-drover, desert dog hunter, Australian hero.
This is a story that D'Mille would love to write as a biography. It begins on D-Day 6th June 2005.
That's right, 2005. That was a day on which the author shared a two-bed hospital ward with a
man who must have been in his late 80ies. He had an accent; not one that suggested recent
migration but a familiar accent. D'Mille guessed he might be of German origin. The name printed on his bed-head plaque that also named his doctor, suggested the guess might have been a good one. A young man came in and sold us newspapers and for the next ten minutes, there
was no conversation. The author had been engrossed in an historian's account of the D-Day
landing in Normandy, and he began telling his neighbour how interesting the article was: and
indeed it was intersting. As he prattled on, the man in the other bed listened intently, but silently.
D'Mille stopped his monologue because he began to think that his neighbour was not interested, but then he noticed that the listener was fully engaged and seemed to want a little more.
Later in the day Erik related the fascinating story of his migration in 1947, and his work in the
out-back, western New South Wales, Queensland and the Territory. He had secured a job flying light aircraft to round up cattle on those hundred square mile cattle runs, ranches as some would name them. He told that he had done a lot of flying in his younger days and remarked about how different it had been before he came to Australia. Then the penny dropped; where was Erik on D-DAy, 6th June 1944?
His stories about cattle droving, hunting wild dogs and building one hundred km fences, were first class entertainment for the Australian who was beginning to realise what a great life Erik had enjoyed in Australia and in contrast, how localised his own life had been. Then the doctor arrived and told D'Mille he could go home! Darn!
Erik was visited by two daughters who are medical professionals. Perhaps they will be the key to the 'biography', but what was the surname?
Bede Donnelly's short books reflect his service in teaching, looking out for young people, and his interest in refugee migrants of the 1980's. They were Vietnamese, Polish, Chilean and central American families who rewared his interest with life-long friendships.
The e-books, 'ts My Life...,' and 'Put a Smile on Your House' and others in the pipleine, are life-skill oriented. The author would like to believe that he has contributed to someone's happiness and fulfillment. Parents, teachers, and young people could find considerable opportunity in these pages and be entertained in the process.
We hope to update these pages as new works develop.