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The Glass Cenotaph

Book 1 in the Truth and Reconciliation trilogy

Author: Peter Purchase
Print ISBN: 978-1-925999-36-5
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Mobi ISBN: 978-1-925999-38-9

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About the project
Peter Purchase approached us in July 2019 for help with the first book in the Truth and Reconciliation trilogy, The Glass Cenotaph. We did one round of line editing, the cover design, then the print design of the interior of the book. It was printed via our print-on-demand service, which also covers a wide range of booksellers. We also did a Marketing Stage 1 Action Plan for Peter. The book was then converted into an ebook and distributed via our online distributors.

About the book
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.

About the Author
Peter Purchase was born in 1940 and grew up in Mombasa on the Kenyan coast. One of his goals in life was to research the Arab, Chinese, Portuguese and Dutch explorers who sailed along the East African Swahili coast for centuries.

He migrated to Perth, Western Australia, in 1963. After a seven-year stint as a high school teacher, he transferred to Human Resources and worked on remote mine sites in the Pilbara, Northern Territory and Papua New Guinea. This brought him into close contact with local Indigenous people. He found their culture, deep-rooted love of country, resilience and unfailing sense of humour inspirational.

He retired in 2008 and since then has dedicated himself to writing novels based on historical themes. Three of these comprise the Truth and Reconciliation trilogy. They draw on 20 years of archival research undertaken in Australia and the Netherlands (Zeeland), and an appreciation of Australia’s First Nations people, who have survived the effects of European settlement and colonialism. The trilogy gives a fresh look at Australia’s colonial history and reflects the current dialogue between the Aboriginal First Nation people and the rest of Australia.

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Published on 26 November 2019 Categories: Peter Purchase
Tags: line editing, book cover design (ebook or print), book design, ebook, ebook conversion, ebook distribution, marketing, POD, print design, print-on-demand