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This is a novel about a turbulent week in the lives of a few Territorians, mainly in Darwin, on Goose Island, and in the rocky Arnhem Land Escarpment country, who are concerned about the plight and prospects of Aboriginal people. Gray Bridges, a cross-cultural communication specialist, goes to the island and is challenged by Mani Mangguulu's way of seeing his people's situation.
On the island, and back in Darwin, a string of disturbing events reveals deep-seated hostilities and tragic divisions, and after a gruesome murder, an underlying long-term story surfaces and puts certain things into clearer perspective, and also suggests a direction to look in order to see what is really needed for giving low impact, effective aid for survival and creative self-development.
Back on Country - A Novel by Jack Goodluck - read sample here