This is the second book by Stephen Crabbe.
The story is set in 1913 a year before the first world war. Kangaroo Island is s small island just off the coast of South Australia with the nearest port being Adelaide. In this small community, gosip is rife and it seems that the only policeman takes the side of the prevailing winds as the truth.
The main character is Pansy Pearce. A tall, athletic and strong willed young lady. She has her own ideas about how things should work. Sadly they did not fit in with the society of the time. The mystery seems to be about her next door neighbours who appear to have darker skin than was acceptable at the time. There are other side plots such possible German Spies who were buying gum from the “Yacca” trees.” In spite of the pictures on the front of the book, it took me some time to realise they are what I have always called “Blackboys.”
The story seemed to lack depth in character development. It took me three tries at the first two chapters to get the people set in my mind. All the main action seemed to happen in the last two chapters. There were also obscure pages devoted to another story.
Stephen’s description of the scenery seems to show the soul of a poet and added to the class of the book. In my mind, it is a story that could have been developed further so the reader does not get lost in side issues that appear to go nowhere. Never-the-less, I hope Stephen continues to gain strength in his writing and I am looking forward to more books from him.
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I was born and raised in Western Australia. Before I retired I was an aged care Advocate
I as many people on the age pension, I have trouble paying the bills. There are those who complain about the lack of money, and there are those who try to improve their lot by being creative with their time to produce something that may make enough money to pay the bills.
I am retired but always seek new ways to engage my mind so I decided to write a book. I have spent a lot of time writing academic papers, have several degrees finishing with masters in theology. However, psychology had always been of interest to me as I like to learn what makes people tick. But I have never done any creative writing. I have found this an interesting if not scary experience. Writing a book was one thing getting it published is another. It is a whole world I know little about, but I am learning. Having a book published is a big thing for me because of my background. I have published my books through Xlibris, There already has been a lot of interest in my books.
My early life was shaped by several factors.
I have a very retentive memory and once I have read something I can usually remember it. This was a problem when I was younger as I remembered my reading. Everyone thought I was a good reader where in fact I could not read. I became ill and had to be home schooled. My teacher one day noticed that my eyes were not following the words and realized I could not read them. She tried Dick and Dora books, but I thought that was an insult to my intelligence and would not do it. Frustrated she asked what I would read, and I told her I had a book that my mother had thrown out and wanted to know it. It was the collective works of William Shakespeare thus the first thing I read at 9 years was Macbeth. This started a love of learning both formal and informal that I have kept up all my life.
I am also dyslectic, although I read a lot and have overcome most parts I still don’t like to read out loud as my eyes can miss a line. I believe this means, that for many people who think they can’t, I can prove that it is possible to reach a high standard of education even if there are some barriers. “If you think you can’t-you can’t; but if you think you can then you can.”
I have a strong sense of family, and I love each person in my family and will do all I can to help them. I am basically a sole parent as I am raising my granddaughter and we have many happy hours talking as she talks with her right brain and I listen with my left brain. We have a mad cat called whiskers who seems to think it is ok to bite me for some unknown reason. And fish in a rather big pond in the back yard.
As a counsellor and advocate, I have learned to listen carefully to people say, and I perceive it as one of my skills. My reading covers a wide area of history, realign and politics. I also like to read science fiction from time to time.
I love Facebook as a way of keeping up with friends and family. I also like to do art and when I am not writing I paint.
My first novel ‘Pathways in the mind’ is a psychological thriller. Although it is a novel, it is based on fact. It examines one person's world view after a traumatic event that causes Retro Amnesia. Although the novel is a story, it is based on fact.
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