I am an Australian but have spent a quarter of my life overseas, mainly as a teacher of languages (Esperanto, English, German), but also as a social worker and a volunteer for one and a half years at an Esperanto community in central Brazil that takes care of orphans. I have first-hand experience of life in all continents except Africa.
In 1993 I walked on foot from Brisbane to Darwin. That was followed by one and a half years as an educational adviser working among Aborigines in the huge reservation of Arnhem Land, Northern Territory. Hence I have first-hand experience of what life is like for the contemporary black people of this country.
I have had a dozen works (mainly novels) published in the international language Esperanto. That can be checked by googling my name. I think it is not immodest to say that I am widely regarded as one of the best prose writers in the language. There are many pages devoted to my books in Geoffrey Sutton, Concise Encyclopedia of the Original Literature of Esperanto (Mondial, New York, 2008).
My first novel in English, Reluctant Messiah, was published by Mondial Press in New York in 2010.
The last decades of the 19th century: the European empires are competing to gobble up the rest of the earth. Their inborn “superiority” seems to guarantee success, and the “natives” will have to submit.
Journalists, if they are honest and capable, are among the strongest guardians of democracy. No tyranny can tolerate them, no democracy can function without them. For this reason they are among the most endangered people on our planet.
In the tumultuous period of German history between the World Wars a brave journalist, had to oppose all forms of chauvinism, especially the rising tide of Nazism.
The last decades of the nineteenth century. European powers are colonising the whole planet and seem unstoppable. In the British colony of Western Australia white settlers ignore the rights of the Aborigines, murder them or chase them from their land, or perhaps readmit them to work as unpaid labourers on newly created properties.
This is their story...