Sunday, September 30, 2012

Official Announcement - Gifts Of The Peramangk - Available for Pre-Order.

Hambledown Road Imprints, in partnership with Central Avenue Publishing are pleased to announce "Gifts Of The Peramangk" by Australian author Dean Mayes will be released internationally on October 26th 2012. 

Ahead of the release date, Dean has officially opened a secure on-line portal here at his official website, where readers can pre-order the novel both in signed print and digital formats. The print edition price includes shipping door to door, will be individually numbered by the author and will include a limited edition lobby card/bookmark as a keep sake.

Please refer to the left side-bar adjacent for purchasing options.

Readers can also pre-order the novel by forwarding a cheque or money order, made out to Dean Mayes, for the required amount (either print or digital) to:

Dean Mayes
44 Rose Street
MILE END, SA, 5031.

For bulk orders, please contact Dean at Hambledown Road Imprints to discuss your individual requirements and shipping options.

Gifts Of The Peramangk marks the second collaboration between author Dean Mayes and Central Avenue Publishing following Dean’s highly successful 2010 debut “The Hambledown Dream”. Described as a sprawling family saga, Gifts Of The Peramangk takes place across two time periods, in the South Australian outback and the suburban fringe of Adelaide. 

In 1950s Australia, during the height of the divisive White Australia Policy, Virginia, a young Aboriginal girl is taken from her home and family and put to work on an isolated, outback station, in the cruellest of conditions. Her only solace: the violin, taught to her in secret by a kind-hearted white woman - the wife of the abusive station owner. However, Virginia's prodigious musical gift cannot save her from years of hardship, abuse, and racism.

Decades later, her eight year old granddaughter, Ruby, plays the violin with a passion Virginia once possessed. Amidst abject poverty, domestic violence and social dysfunction, Ruby escapes her circumstance through her practice, with her grandmother's frail, guiding hand. Ruby’s zeal attracts the attention of an enigmatic music professor, and with his help, Ruby embarks on an incredible journey of musical discovery that will culminate in a once in a life time chance for a brighter future. But with two cultural worlds colliding, her gift and her ambition will be threatened by deeply ingrained distrust, family jealousies and tragic secrets that will define her very identity.



  1. Can't wait, Dean! You know I'm such a fan of your story-telling abilities!

    1. Awww - thank you Michelle. That's really sweet of you.

    2. Awww - thank you Michelle. That's really sweet of you.

  2. Yay! Done and done. I can't wait to read it :)