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David de Haviland was a jackeroo in the Kimberley;a a jug-hustler in the Canning Desert,and worked in other parts of the Australian outback. After two years on patrols in Papua New Guinea he made his living as an actor and entertainer about the world before putting down roots (literally) in Queensland. When not tending rainforest orchards in the Noosa Hinterland, he writes. Presently, he is polishing another novel: FRIEND BEYOND DEATH. Watch for it on Smashwords.
on Aug. 12, 2012 :
Wow... I enjoyed reading this book sooo much, the characters are so real and grow on you. I wished I was a publisher as David is such a gifted writer, his books deserve to be published and be presented to the larger public. Also David's book have a rich educational value, it helped me to realise how the early pioneers battled such difficult circumstances to bring Australia into a properous and successful country it is today. Keep writing David, your name will always be remembered in your beautiful writings.
(review of free book)
on Oct. 19, 2011 :
This book was recommended to me as I spent many years in Western Australia and have an interest in Australian history. The author takes us through and amazing journey that accurately depicts the hard life in Australia back when the country was still finding its feet. I love the descriptive way David Haviland writes, he immerses you into actually being there and I found myself experiencing the sights, sounds and even smells of the journey and events that unfold. Anyone interested in Australian adventure history with twists, intrigue and mystery, then I highly recommend Shell Widows..I'm looking forward to more writings from this author.
(reviewed 4 months after purchase)
on July 29, 2011 :
Very enjoyable read, great descriptions of the land, times and characters.
(reviewed 32 days after purchase)