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‘Gifts Of the Peramangk’ by Dean Mayes

Icon image for Teaser Tuesdays postsTeaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by …

MizB of ‘Should Be Reading’.

Anyone can take part, by just doing the following:

Grab your current read.

  1.  Open to a random page.
  2. Share a couple of  “teaser” sentences, from somewhere on that page.
  3. Be careful not to share “spoiler” sentences.
  4. Remember to share the title and author too.
  5. Head on over to ‘should be reading’ and leave a link to your post, so that others can share it and you can share other people’s.

It would be great if you then decided to leave a comment for MizB, as we all like to receive them and are interested in sharing your thoughts.


My teaser lines are taken from the 43% marker of my Kindle copy.

So as not to show any spoilers I have not included a synopsis, however, if you want to find out more about the story, just click on the book image, or to read more about both book and author go here

If you don’t really want to read any major spoilers, then you can tease yourself a little more, by reading the first few lines of the story … here.

Despite the knowledge that she was now here as a legitimately invited guest, Ruby remained overwhelmingly nervous and still harboured the feeling that she didn’t belong – that she was an intruder.

Jeremy hesitated, feeling even less sure about himself and his place than he did before. Forcing a smile, he got to his feet and followed Mickey across the bitumen and toward the beach.

As this was an author invitation to read and review, a Kindle download of  ‘Gifts Of The Peramangk’, was sent to me free of charge, by its author Dean Mayes.

This will in no way influence any comments I may express about the book, in any blog articles I may post. Any thoughts or comments will be my own personal opinion and I am in no way being monetarily compensated for this, or any other article.

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  • I see I commented on your original post… I’d forgotten this book. I’ll be very interested to hear more about it and can then decide whether or not I want to read it.

    • Hi Cath,

      I still haven’t quite finished reading this book, so without giving too much away before the review publishes, I can reliably confirm that this story has so far, met and exceeded my expectations, based on the post you commented on where I only had the synopsis to go by.

      This is the first novel I have come across, which has at its heart the struggle the indigenous Aborigine population still face, from within their own country. It is, at one and the same time, thought provoking and emotionally draining, whilst still managing to triumph as an uplifting story of courage and endurance.

      There, I have already said too much! ..

      Thanks for stopping by, great to hear from you and I hope that all is well.

    • Hi Tracy,

      I must admit that I am not a very confident or extrovert person, so I have also felt like Ruby does in this particular scenario, on more than one occasion, although maybe not for exactly the same reasons!

      I am so glad that this is the only part of the story which I can relate to personally, as my heart has been breaking for Ruby and her family throughout the entire story so far.

      I think that there is light at the end of the tunnel, unless Dean decides to throw in another twist to events!

      Sorry if this all sounds rather ‘secret squirrel’, but I don’t want to give too much away. I think that you might enjoy this one!

      Hope you are well and having a good week so far.

    • Hi Valentina,

      First of all, let me welcome you to Fiction Books. I love ‘meeting’ new people, so your visits and comments will always be welcome here.

      Having checked out your bio. page, we seem to be quite alike, in that our reading tastes are very eclectic, we will try any genre once and we don’t give up on a book once we’ve started it!

      This is the first time I have read anything, either fiction or non-fiction, about the indigenous Aborigines of Australia and I must say that this novel makes for often painful and distressing reading, with too many ‘home truths’ for comfort!

      It is totally absorbing and meticulously written, so I think that you might well enjoy it.

      I hope that your week is going well, so far.

    • Hi Andrea,

      First of all, I would like to welcome you to Fiction Books. I love ‘meeting’ new people, so your visits will always be welcome and your comments always appreciated.

      There are just so many great ‘teaser’ lines in this book, that no matter where I had decided to stop, I would have had no trouble in finding lines which had plenty of meaning in the context of the story, but which in isolation would give little away.

      The quality and expressiveness of the writing is exemplary and the storyline touching and evocative. I shall be sorry to see this book come to an end.

      I too, found the cover art for this book, alluring and intriguing, although it can only really be appreciated when the image is a little larger. If you check out this page, I have enlarged the image and you can appreciate its full impact …


      I hope that you are having a good week.

    • Hi Stephanie,

      Thank you so much for choosing to stop by Fiction Books this week. I love ‘meeting’ new people, so rest assured that your visits and comments will always be welcome and appreciated.

      The excellent descriptiveness of the writing, ensures that there is no shortage of great material, for as many featured posts as I might wish to publish about this evocative and moving story.

      I hope that your week is going well so far.

    • Hi Nikki,

      If you want to know more about ‘The Peramangk’, and to read a full synopsis for the book, then check out this link …


      … but in a nutshell …

      “In the Adelaide hills of South Australia lies a triangular wedge of countryside extending from the Barossa Valley in the north to the southern reaches of the Fleurieu Peninsula. This is the lands of the Peramangk Nation and the home of the Peramangk Aborigines – A tribe steeped in a unique culture and held with a mystical reverence.”

      This is the first novel I have read which has any connection with Aboriginal culture and it really is one of the best books I have read for some time.

      Great to hear from you, I hope that all is well.

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