David Goddard pens a disturbing story of racial relations in Australia

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The story is about my fear of what might happen if different cultures don’t act to reconcile, and my hope that if we do, we’re willing to learn new ways of communicating and connecting with others. Then, reconciliation might happen,” Goddard explains

After spending much of his working life with the Aboriginal peoples of Australia, David Goddard observed an increasing trend towards violence on the part of the traditionally passive and peaceful Aboriginal society. One reason was being under attack from those who weren’t part of their culture, as they struggled to retain their traditions and identities in the face of oppression and assimilation. To address this issue, and to help others find their own identities and values, Goddard pens his new novel, “Hiding Place” (published by Balboa Press).

“Hiding Place” tells the story of working class man who is forced to find a new life, and, therefore, gains new understandings of relationships. Set in the Australian outback in 2017, Mick Wilson, a former top-level Australian Rules footballer and now brick-layer, had just seen his wife leave him for a truck driver and take their two children. As Mick searches for his family, he finds he is working with Aboriginal people, opening his eyes to a new culture. With these experiences, he begins to change personally, bettering his own life, and, without realizing it, motivates positive change in others.

“The story is about my fear of what might happen if different cultures don’t act to reconcile, and my hope that if we do, we’re willing to learn new ways of communicating and connecting with others. Then, reconciliation might happen,” Goddard explains. “If it does, there’s space for individual or group identities to be developed and retained, values to be upheld and, hopefully, cultural and gender domination will recede.”

An excerpt from “Hiding Place”:

“Mick nodded and she went on, smiling in an arousing way, “Well, there are two ways of thinking about the three worlds. One is like this. There’s a kardiya world, a blackfella world and a world that lies between them. Us blackfellas got to walk in a ‘between world’ and a kardiya world so often. That’s what kardiyas expect of us. But most kardiyas never walk in a blackfella world or a ‘between world’. They sit in their world, and judge us as lazy or bad or wrong. If only they’d come into that ‘between world’ at least, and stand face to face with us and be more equal, then maybe they’d see us differently. That’s what Mr Edwards and Sally do, and Mick, in terms of us mob, you do it a bit more every day.”

“Hiding Place”
By David Goddard
Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 372 pages | ISBN 9781452508986
E-Book | 372 pages | ISBN 9781452508993
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
For over 30 years, Dave Goddard has lived or worked in remote areas of Western Australia and the Northern Territory with Aboriginal peoples. A former educator, Goddard is a director, consultant and facilitator working in the cultural space between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples, an area he chooses to work in because it’s a space where new and different ideas can be created that fit with conflicting cultures.

Balboa Press, a division of Hay House, Inc. – a leading provider in publishing products that specialize in self-help and the mind, body, and spirit genres. Through an alliance with indie book publishing leader Author Solutions, Inc., authors benefit from the leadership of Hay House Publishing and the speed-to-market advantages of the self-publishing model. For more information, visit balboapress.com. To start publishing your book with Balboa Press, call 0800 0962774 today. For the latest, follow @balboapress on Twitter.

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