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Auber Octavius Neville Auber Octavius Neville i(A66867 works by) (a.k.a. A. O. Neville)
Gender: Male
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1 y separately published work icon Golden Land of Silence : A Tale of the Kimberleys Auber Octavius Neville , Carlisle : Hesperian Press , 2010 6448537 2010 single work novel

'This novel, set in the 1930s in the far north Kimberley region of Western Australia, not only is a story of enduring love and revenge, both European and Aboriginal, but a portrayal of life on a remote cattle station where access and transport were both limited to slow. Characters are varied, including the worthy station manager and his beautiful daughter as well as employees needed for the day to day running of the station: storekeeper, stockmen, Aboriginal ‘boys.’'

'Perhaps the most outstanding aspects of this novel are the descriptions of the scenery. The author knew and loved the Kimberley and showed his affection in his detailed observation of the fauna and flora: “….Lily Springs where there was a beautiful pool of clear spring water. In the centre of this grew a profusion of white, mauve and yellow water lilies, set like coloured stars in a sky of limpid blue. Serried ranks of white stemmed ti trees growing down to the water’s edge created splashes of light and shade upon the placid surface of the pool and afforded harbourage for hundreds of gaily coloured finches, parakeets and other birds intent on quenching their thirst or pursuing the abounding insect life.”'

'What is particularly notable is the author’s depiction of the Aboriginals, showing his understanding of their beliefs, his wish to maintain the integrity of the race and, through kindly treatment and education, improving the lot of Australia’s indigenous people.' (Source: Publishers website)

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