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Goodreads asked Victor O'Connell:

Where did you get the idea for your most recent book?

Victor O'Connell Eaglechild is a very long novel so has many ideas. My idea about the visit to England in 1982 of an 82 year old "Red Indian" troublemaker to see the Queen and confront the British Parliament arose from my personal acquaintance with a Cree Indian who did that in 1982. That political event is described in my forthcoming memoir - Nation to Nation. The idea of the son of a British Earl having a tipi in Oxfordshire and an imaginary blood brother came from my acquaintance with people throughout Europe who also try to reconstruct the "Red Indian" way of life. Almost all aspects of my novel arise from my experience or from my knowledge as an anthropologist.

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