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Diamond Dove (Emily Tempest #1)

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“Packs a real wallop. . . . An epic and ambitious mystery set against the vast backdrop of Central Australia, where indigenous and white people live side by side in an uneasy truce.”—Vogue (Australia)

“Incorporates geophysical data, race politics and aboriginal spirituality into a seamless, often hilarious stream of narrative. [It] has all the hallmarks of a first of a ver

Published (first published 2006)
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Nov 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Emily Tempest, central character in this unique Australian novel, born to an Aboriginal mother who died when she was young and a white father, who then took her to live in an Aboriginal community in the central desert until he felt it was time for her to go to boarding school. After a few years spent trying various University courses and travelling the world Emily has returned to the people of her childhood in the place she loved so much. But after one of the elders is brutally killed, the commu ...more
Mar 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
Diamond Dove is book one of the Emily Tempest series by Adrian Hyland. Diamond Dove is the first book I have read of Adrian Hyland, and I was impressed with the way he portrayed his characters and how the characters intertwine with each other. I enjoy Emily Tempest her down to earth behaviour and way she cares about the people around her. Also, I was pleased that Emily was not in law enforcement or a private detective, however, was able to find who killed Lincoln in a way that all readers will e ...more

When Emily Tempest arrived back in her old community of Moonlight Downs after ten years away, she could see that not much had changed. But she still felt a sense of not belonging – she’d always felt pulled between the two worlds; Aboriginal and white. But when her childhood friend Hazel turned up again it didn’t take long before they were relaxing in each other’s company. But a few days later a dear friend was found murdered; mutilated in the nearby bush – the terror of the locals caused a
I am thrilled to see a writer of Hyland’s gifts create a series with an Aboriginal heroine called Emily Tempest. Hyland’s use of language is so specific to the region that readers unschooled in the language of the Australian bush might not be able to comprehend. There is a glossary--for Aboriginal words and Australian slang—but still. For me, however, it is pure bliss.

Strains of music can be heard throughout the book and one is tempted to read while listening to those artists mentioned to see wh
Aug 18, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It took me awhile to get into this book, partly because of the heavy, heavy dose of Aussie/Aboriginal words and partly because the writing veers back and forth too much.

Emily Tempest is the daughter of a miner and an aboriginal mother. When her mother dies early in her life and her father loses himself in his grief, little Emily is left to wander on her own. Since the station they live on has an aboriginal camp on it, she wanders there and learns much about her heritage. When the original stati
Nov 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, favorites
This book is set where I live, in the Northern Territory, in the center desert country – the author is a white man who is writing from the point of view of an Indigenous Australian – and doing it very well. Adrian Hyland spent many years on communities in the Central Australian desert area – so has at least lived with the people whose culture he recreates so achingly well.
Emily Tempest has a white father and an aboriginal mother. After her mother’s death her father took Emily to her mother’s peo
Jul 02, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Emily Tempest, drawn back to Central Australia and to the place she grew up, Moonlight Downs, instantly feels at peace with the Warlpuju people. Here are her best friend Hazel and Hazel's father Lincoln Flinders, a much respected tribal elder. The Warlpuju have always been her mob and Moonlight Downs her Country. Emily was instantly accepted and included from childhood even though she is the daughter of a white man and a Wantiya women. She's done her fair share of walkabout since she left the Do ...more
Sep 28, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book about rural Australia and also liked the very gutsy protagonist. I will definitely read more in the series.
Aug 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Having recently read and thoroughly enjoyed Adrian Hyland's Gunshot Road (Emily Tempest #2), I thought it only right that I read the first Emily Tempest book, Diamond Dove - and I was not disappointed.

Emily Tempest is the daughter of a white miner, Motor Jack and his deceased Aboriginal wife. Being of mixed race, Emily has a diverse grounding in both Aboriginal culture and white Australia. She attended boarding college in Adelaide, is well read, went to Uni for three unfinished degrees and has t
MOONLIGHT DOWNS. (2006). Adrian Hyland. ***.
Hyland is an Australian author that I have recently come across. This book was his first, featuring his series character Emily Tempest. Emily is a mixed breed woman from central Australia, who has gone back to her roots after being out in the white man’s world for many years. She is not current with what has been going on with her people in her absence, and soon is present when one of the tribal chiefs is found murdered. The novel is almost wholly driv
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Adrian Hyland spent many years in the Northern Territory, living and working among indigenous people. He now teaches at LaTrobe University and lives in the north-east of Melbourne. His first novel, Diamond Dove won the 2007 Ned Kelly Award for Best First Fiction.
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