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Ulyurungu Dream



 Ulyurungu Dream

Sixteen, studious, tall, slender, beautiful and with supportive parents, Megan has a bright future in front of her.

However she can't forgive her parents for sending her to boarding school far from her home town of Ulyurungu, west of Uluru so she runs away to a life of loneliness, poverty and desperation on the streets of Sydney.

Ulyurungu Dream is a story of an aboriginal woman whose life is a series of shocking lows and brilliant achievements. Her associates include a brothel owner, a drug lord, an eccentric land owner, a model agent and an older lady with family connections. With the ambitions of other people influencing her, Megan's innocence, trust and a flawed decision channel her life as she stumbles into poverty and wealth, social extremes, heartbreak, joy and an uncertain future.

The twists and turns in Megan's life continue to the dramatic end, leaving the reader breathless.

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ISBN: 978-1-922229-27-4   
Format: Paperback
Number of pages: 330
Genre: Fiction

Cover: Clive Dalkins
Cover Concept by:
Neve Lembryk-Walsh

Author: David Thirgood
Publisher: Zeus Publications
Date Published: 2014
Language: English

By the same author 

The Breath of Uluru

 

David Thirgood is a dreamer. He has been told this on many occasions however it has taken him a long time to let the world into his secret life of dreams. He has started to organise and document some of them in the form of Australian fiction, giving away some of his inner thoughts. David has explored the Australian landscape and discovered interesting characteristics of its people and he is now just starting to share his experiences with whoever chooses to dream along with him. Ulyurungu Dream is part of the beginning.

Ulyurungu Dream is David’s second book, following The Breath of Uluru. He has many more stored in his imagination.

Chapter 1

School 

"You’re not really leaving, are you?” Tears welled in Megan’s dark eyes as she pleaded with her best friend and soul mate. “Please Emma, don’t leave me here alone.”

They were sitting on Megan’s bed in their dormitory at Peninsula Ladies’ College in Adelaide. Meeting when they were twelve on their first day at the school, they developed a friendship that they declared would last their lifetimes. Now at sixteen, Emma, on the last day of the school year, was heading home to work for her dad as a trainee manager on her family’s cattle station in the Kimberley. Megan was left alone to complete her final year of high school without the support of her best friend. Emma’s parents were aboriginal owners of a cattle station and sent their children to boarding school to obtain a secondary school education which would allow them to compete in a ‘white man’s world’, thus reflecting their feelings of the relationship between whities and aborigines. On the other hand, Megan’s parents, from Ulyurungu on the Northern Territory and Western Australian border, were more idealistic. They saw their children as leaders, who would participate in an education revolution that would empower their people. In addition, they would be the springboard for a closer alignment of aboriginal culture with the multitude of other cultures in Australia, and indeed the world.

Emma had an effervescent personality, with an aura of cheer that infected her circle of friends. She was attractive to the eye with dark, brown skin and eyes and short, black curly hair that she couldn’t wait to bleach as soon as she left school. She was of medium height, athletic but diametrically opposed to all things intellectual. If opposites attract, then there was a strong magnetism between the two schoolgirls. Megan was shy, sultry and withdrawn. Her six foot plus, tall gangly frame, bony features, tooth jewellery, the term that the girls preferred to use rather than ‘braces’, very black skin, dark eyes and shoulder length hair did nothing to alleviate her insecurity. Only a very few people were able to penetrate the wall she had built around herself and the only person at school that she would allow into that very private space was Emma. Her brother, Jonny, was the only other living person she confided in, but he was a few years older and a university graduate and now she only ever saw him during school holidays. She shared his thirst for knowledge and spent hours engaging in intellectual conversation with him at every possible opportunity. She certainly enjoyed challenging her intellect and extending her knowledge. Megan’s parents had lost all rights to her private spaces after they sent her to boarding school, even though she pretended that she was okay about being away from home and in a strange environment. Earlier this year her uncle, who was her confidante, best friend and the only person who ever really understood her, died, and she had been struggling to come to terms with his absence from her life ever since. The weeks of Sorry Business, and the finality that it represented, broke her heart. Even Jonny’s joyous wedding, only a few weeks ago, was not sufficient to unlock the shackles of gloom that bound her to the terrible loss of this great person who was her uncle. Now Emma was leaving her.

 


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