There’s someone in the Kimberley who shoots donkeys – well, he’s supposed to. There’s a town full of cattle ringers who can’t get a droving job between them. The local cattle baron has more land than he can walk around. There’s a pub, a publican, and not much else. Then the weathergirl comes to town.
In this book the images and characters are larger than life; the stories told around the campfires will enthral, the songs will have you singing along, and the bush scenes are so alive you can almost hear the country talking.
This debut novel portrays human relationships with comic detail. Russell Roberts places a microscopic eye on his characters, highlighting the truth that good and bad exist in each person, and that, in the end, everyone can co-exist in harmony. His stories and songs will touch a chord within and provoke laughter and tears as the tale is told.
Welcome to the wild frontier.
Donkey Dundee is set in the wild frontier Kimberley region of northwest Australia. The native Aboriginal inhabitants have now had a little over a hundred years since the arrival of while Australian settlers. The old ways are still conflicting with the new. Unique characters and a unique way of life have evolved in this land. One of these characters is Dave Dundee, a donkey shooter who can’t bring himself to shoot a donkey. But life is changing, and things can’t stay the same. When the government send Gail Weatherall into the remote north to prepare a report she thinks she’s striking a blow for all women. The world she encounters is so vastly different that the challenge she’s undertaken may prove to be more than she could ever anticipate.
Title Donkey Dundee
Formats Paperback; 232mm x 155mm
Categories Fiction, Indigenous Australiana, Australiana
Year of Publication 2013
Publisher Blue Wing Books
Author Russell John Roberts
Details about the author: Russell Roberts was born in Melbourne, Australia. He has lived most of his life in the remote frontier region of the Kimberley in Western Australia. He has experienced a vast array of types of work, from being a pearl fisherman to an organic gardener, a jeweller, a musician, to establishing a theatre company for children and another for adults, and directing plays. His passion for writing only developed later in life. His musical play Living Country was short-listed for Cameron Mackintosh’s Search for the Great Australian Musical. His play Shiba Lane was short-listed for the 2005 West Australian Premier’s Book Awards. His songs and musical compositions have been recorded by various artists and himself. Donkey Dundee is his first novel to be published.