The Glass Cenotaph
Book 1 in the Truth and Reconciliation Trilogy
In the late 1990s, Stefan’s life is unravelling. A brilliant glass technician, his business is failing and his Aboriginal partner, Tania, has left him without explaining why.
In the midst of this turmoil, Aboriginal Australian sculptor Lennard Currie contacts Stefan and invites him to Fremantle. He plans to model a cenotaph on Jandamarra’s Rock in the Kimberley—where he lost the love of his life, Rosalie. He needs Stefan’s skills with glass to aid him in the creation of his monument, intended to commemorate the estimated 20,000 Aborigines massacred during colonial settlement and be a beacon of truth and reconciliation for the Aboriginal community.
They face unexpected challenges, disheartening setbacks and threats of violence. But they must succeed, to give a voice to Australia’s First Nations people, their ancestors and future generations.
The Life & Times of Gerrit de Waal
Book 2 in the Truth and Reconciliation Trilogy
Gerrit de Waal’s world is thrown into confusion when his seafaring father’s ship mysteriously disappears in the Indian Ocean in 1694. He’s eight years old and growing up in cosmopolitan Middelburg, Zeeland, during the Dutch Golden Age. How will he survive to adulthood?
At twenty-six, determined to find out what happened to his father, Gerrit signs on as senior carpenter aboard the Zuytdorp. He wants to trace his father’s footsteps and see if he can be found. What if his ship was wrecked off the coast of Eendrachtsland? (Known to us as Western Australia.) Gerrit will do anything to see if the crew survived.
Brilliant glass technician Stefan Novak uses the notes, charts and sketches of his friend, celebrated Aboriginal Australian sculptor Lennard Currie, to write a novel based on Gerrit’s life. Lennard has researched the de Waal family and believes that his family tree intertwines with theirs.
Book 3 in the Truth and Reconciliation Trilogy
Due in 2022 – currently in progress
When thirty-year-old Mexican linguist Alicia Serrano loses the love of her life, Alan, an Australian kayaker intending to paddle down the Niger River from the source to the sea, her life takes a dramatic turn. Stranded in West Africa, she makes her way to Perth in Western Australia.
Where does a chance meeting with famous Aboriginal glass sculptor Lennard Currie lead her?