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  • File Size: 992 KB
  • Print Length: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Central Avenue Publishing; 1 edition (October 18, 2012)
  • Publication Date: October 18, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009SX8QOC
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Emerging onto the literary stage in 2010, Adelaide based author Dean Mayes describes himself as somewhat of a late bloomer, having almost given up on the prospect of ever being published by the time he was in his mid 30's. Dean had an idea for a story that he wanted to tell however and decided to blog the story rather than allow it to wither and die in his imagination.

Quite unexpectedly, the blog took off, quickly logging upwards of 3000 unique visits per month as a rapidly growing audience "tuned in" to Dean's dream like tale of a young man who discovers he has taken on the memories and dreams of a complete stranger in the aftermath of a near fatal drug overdose.

Following a chance meeting with Canadian based publisher Central Avenue in mid 2009, Dean was signed by Creative Director Michelle Halket to an initial two year contract. In 2010, Dean's humble blog became his debut novel "The Hambledown Dream" - a lyrical and moving romance about a young man's journey on both sides of mortality. The novel has since gone on to receive global attention and critical acclaim.

Having established himself as an author of great passion and literary style, Dean set about penning a follow up novel that was not merely a repeat performance. After 2 years of meticulous research, Central Avenue Publishing released the powerful Australian family drama "Gifts of the Peramangk" in October 2012. Chronicling a dysfunctional Aboriginal family in the struggle streets of Adelaide's suburban fringe, "Gifts of the Peramangk" has been described as significant literary achievement. In October 2013, it was nominated as a finalist in the prestigious EPIC Awards for contemporary fiction.

A third project, an experimental sci-fi novella entitled "The Regenesis Cluster", was released in 2013. Dean describes this piece as an exploration of death and life, an artistic interpretation of reincarnation using words. Also in 2013, Dean participated in the landmark anthology "Tales of Australia - Great Southern Land" - a show case of this countries finest independent voices. Dean's short story "This Corner Of The Earth" is described as a love letter to his childhood home town.

Dean is now working on his third feature length novel, the tentatively titled "The Recipient". He lives in Adelaide, Australia with his partner Emily, their two children Xavier and Lucy.

Dean is represented by Michelle Halket of C.A.P. and is published by Central Avenue Publishing of Vancouver, Canada.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Molly R. on October 25, 2012
Format: Paperback
This novel moved me to tears more than once, and made me want to cheer by the end. Dean Mayes illustrates the heart-stopping cruelty of racism, and turns it into an inspiring story of humans going out of their way to care for each other. Music is a character of its own in this story: it crosses all boundaries and heals several wounds (if not quite all).

Virginia, one of the "stolen children" of the Aboriginal Australians in the mid 20th century, was the most heartbreaking character. It's shocking to know this kind of thing actually happened, ripping apart families and resulting in horrible abuse. But even she finds a source of kindness and hope, in the form of a good-hearted woman who teaches her to play violin.

Fast forward half a century, and we find that Ruby, Virginia's modern-day granddaughter, has inherited the same prodigious talent, which might pull her up from the poverty and violence that besiege her own family life. All the characters end up displaying moments of startling bravery that give me goosebumps just thinking about them. These moments take place in settings as different as held-up convenience stores and concert halls--you never know when a person might decide to step up and change his or her life.

It's the kind of book that makes you want to become a better human. I hope they have high school students read it in social studies or history in future. The lesson would actually stick with them for once.

Oh, and for fans of 'The Hambledown Dream,' there is a very cool tie-in, later in the book, in which we get to revisit a few of those wonderful characters too. But 'Peramangk' still makes perfect sense even if you haven't read 'Hambledown.' (Though you should!)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By STUART MCCALLUM on December 22, 2012
Format: Paperback
Australian author, Dean Mayes has quickly established himself as a writer of powerful emotions, enabling us (as readers) to feel and hear his deftly crafted work.

Gifts of the Peramangk, is an emotional story which highlights the cruelty of racism during the 1950s White Australia Policy. This period of time was well known as the `stolen generation'. We follow the path of a young Aboriginal girl, Virginia, who is taken from her mother at the tender age of eight. Through the tragic circumstances, a gift is unveiled, Virginia excelled in playing the violin. Dean Mayes described in perfect detail the deeply moving events of both despair and joy. The characters are people who will stay with you long after you turn the last page. I applaud this author for tackling difficult issues of our past with such grace, realism, and dignity.

I have no hesitation in recommending, Gifts of the Permangk to all readers.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 27, 2013
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I am gob smacked.
Thank you so much Dean for sharing your god given talent with us.
I don't need to go into description of this world class novel ,.
All i can say to any one is read anything written by this talented author with a beautiful soul.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Robert Rich on August 30, 2013
Format: Paperback
This book reminds me of Angela's Ashes. Both expose great hardship, and are anthems to the human spirit triumphing over adversity. Actually, I like Gifts Of The Peramangk more, because the language is far more lyrical, and because it celebrates the joys of music while Angela's Ashes is uniformly bleak, until the one-word last chapter.
I hope Dean Mayes achieves the same success as Frank McCourt did. He writes from the heart, and with heart. Characterisation is excellent. The plot is gripping, full of tension and interest. The parallel stories of two little Aboriginal girls, 50 years apart, meld together beautifully, sadly, giving a perfectly accurate picture of the past and current troubles of these mistreated survivors of genocide. He also shows how the symptoms of victimisation can be overcome. Not all Aboriginal people have the gift of the musical prodigy, but all can take pride in culture, and prove themselves as good as anyone else, despite discrimination and prejudice.
There is another reason I compared this book with Angela's Ashes. I found that book very difficult to read at first, because of the complete lack of quotation marks. An ordinary story would have been sunk by such a technical fault, but the content triumphed over the format.
Dean uses quotes faultlessly, but I had problems with two choices of presentation: head hopping and info dumps. That is, he doesn't keep to the point of view of any particular character within a scene, and he frequently passes on information from the outside, as the author. Both of these are to be avoided for several good reasons.
However, as I said, the magnificent content overrides issues of presentation. This is a must-read book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Deanna Stewart on November 1, 2012
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I was thoroughly impressed at how Dean has shown so much empathy and care in creating this novel. I love, love, loved it! I loved how he takes us through the past and present with two equally innocent, strong and beautiful characters, I love the care and sensitivity he gives to the issues of their plight but with raw honesty takes the reader to the emotional edge with the characters experiences. It's profound, heartwarming, gripping and I had such a thrill at seeing how he blends his previous novel with this one. I fell in love with Ruby and Virginia and felt like I was experiencing their journey with them. I cried with Virginia and her mum when they were parted, I grieved with them and celebrated with them.
This novel is a blockbuster waiting to happen. I will see your name on the big screen soon Dean Mayes, don't miss out on the pleasure of reading this novel. Thank you for taking on such an emotive part of Australian history and creating a novel that portrays it with such brutal grace. Well done!
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