Beneath the Mother Tree
Book launch with author Donna Cameron
Sunday 4pm, August 12 at North Stradbroke Island Museum on Minjerriba (North Stradbroke Island)
Friday 17 August 2018
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
In store at Avid Reader Bookshop, Boundary St West End
A spine-chilling mystery and contemporary love story, Beneath the Mother Tree plays out in a unique and wild Australian setting, interweaving Indigenous history and Irish mythology.
On a small island, something sinister is at play. Resident alcoholic Grappa believes it’s the Far Darocha, dark servant of the Faery queen, whose seductive music lures you into their abyss. His granddaughter Ayla has other ideas, especially once she meets the mysterious flute player she heard on the beach.
Riley and his mother have moved to the island to escape their grief. But when the tight-knit community is beset by a series of strange deaths, the enigmatic newcomers quickly garner the ire of the locals. Can Ayla uncover the mystery at the heart of the island’s darkness before it is too late?
Wrought with sensuousness and lyricism, D.M. Cameron’s debut novel Beneath the Mother Tree is a thrilling journey, rhythmically fierce and eagerly awaited.
Originally an actress, debut novelist D.M. Cameron is an AWGIE nominated radio dramatist, award-winning playwright and celebrated short film writer. She received funding to begin work on her first novel and was then selected for a Varuna Litlink residency to further develop this initial draft into what became Beneath the Mother Tree. More information here.
‘From the first page, this book held me in its thrall. As sultry and immersive as a tropical night.’ Ilka Tampke, author of Skin
‘Soulful and dreamlike, and utterly original. Here is a slice of Australia as you’ve never seen her before.’ Kim Kelly, author of Lady Bird & The Fox
‘A seductive, dark, contemporary fairy tale thrumming with a fierce, beguiling energy.’ Kim Lock, author of The Three of Us
‘A compelling page-turner that will transport readers to a world populated with characters who are as mysterious and gripping as their Australian landscape.’ Tiffany McDaniel, author of the Not-the-Booker Prize winning novel The Summer that Melted Everything