Ian Hamilton Dissects Brisbane’s Rich History in New Book

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From the Violence of the Early Days of European Settlement to an Uncertain Future

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A novel that crosses time and space in a unique way.

Author Ian Hamilton has produced a novel that crosses time and space in a unique way “Meanjin Crossing” (published by Xlibris AU). His portrait of characters from different periods illustrates how changing culture impacts on the lives of individuals.

Will Traverse is a war baby, a Brisbane boy, and in later life a taciturn and solitary retired engineer. But there is another side to Will – romantic, lyrical, and deeply sensitive to the culture of the original inhabitants of this part of SouthEast Queensland. His work on a novel about the impact of the arrival of the Europeans coincides with the unexpected re-kindling of a lost love.

As he and Mary Wright hesitantly rediscover their mutual affection, the long arc of their own story becomes interwoven with Will’s emerging novel. Together, the two stories reveal layers of history of the Brisbane region – a metropolis radically transformed again within Will’s lifetime. “Meanjin Crossing” ends enigmatically, a mix of sadness and hope, and certainty that the story is not over.

As one review puts its, “Meanjin Crossing is the best kind of ghost story, sifting layers of memory and geography to create a palpable sense of the people and places that underly the contemporary landscape. At the heart of this story is a moving evocation of the bora grounds, largely lost to us now, where boys were once transformed into men and culture and knowledge were perpetuated. This is a book that illustrates perfectly the historian Simon Schama's proposition: though it may sometime seem that our impatient appetite for progress has ground the earth to thin and shifting dust, we need only poke below the subsoil of its surface to discover an obstinately rich loam of memory."

“Meanjin Crossing”
By Ian Hamilton
Hardcover | 6 x 9in | 170 pages | ISBN 9781499006087
Softcover | 6 x 9in | 170 pages | ISBN 9781499006094
E-Book | 170 pages | ISBN 9781499006193
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Ian Hamilton is an Australian visual artist and writer. “Meanjin Crossing,” his first novel, brings the artist’s eye and sense of place to this depiction of life in two distinct phases of the human history of the Brisbane region. Hamilton can be contacted by email at ijhamilton(at)adam(dot)com(dot)au.

Xlibris Publishing Australia, an Author Solutions, LLC imprint, is a self-publishing services provider dedicated to serving Australian authors. By focusing on the needs of creative writers and artists and adopting the latest print-on-demand publishing technology and strategies, we provide expert publishing services with direct and personal access to quality publication in hardcover, trade paperback, custom leather-bound and full-color formats. To date, Xlibris has helped to publish more than 60,000 titles.For more information, visit xlibrispublishing.com.au or call 1800 455 039 to receive a free publishing guide. Follow us @XlibrisAus on Twitter for the latest news.

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