Curlew Dreaming is the eagerly-awaited fourth instalment in the Curlew Series by Don Douglas. The action begins in 1928 after the Tomahawk Plains races. Nettie Chambers and Northern Territory cattleman Eric McDonald begin a love affair that has evolved from a teenage crush over a period of years.
The death of an Aboriginal elder leaves Eric with a solemn duty and also a legacy of profound connotations in the form of the Crocodile Blood Diamond. Initially sceptical, Eric’s subsequent experiences lead him to acknowledge that the talisman has supernatural powers.
World War II intervenes in Nettie and Eric’s lives and their separate experiences test their mettle, their resolve and their fidelity. Nettie undergoes another uncanny experience and is no longer the straightforward young woman she once was.
About the Author:
Australian author Don Douglas lived the life he writes about – he worked as a ringer, head stockman, manager, plant operator and owner of stations across Queensland. He grew up on a remote cattle station at Morven in the south-west of the state.
Don learned to ride young – at two years old his mother would carry him on a cushion on the pommel of her saddle. An Aboriginal ringer (who was an ex-Light Horse Trooper) taught him to track and to use an axe and adze when he was 5 or 6. A year or two later he was driving a D2 crawler, building dams with his father.
An avid reader all his life, Don started writing stories of the Australian bush and his Curlew series were published by Boolarong Press. Don lives with his wife, Gillian, in Ayr, Queensland.