“A novel and a biography: Two new books by David Wall”

December 15, 2013 at 6:43 am (Angoram Club, artifacts, Book review, Commentary, David Wall, expatriates, Fiction, Jim Wall, Jim Wall An Australian Life, Papua New Guinea, Sepik Blu Longpela Muruk)

See:   http://asopa.typepad.com/asopa_people/2013/08/a-novel-and-a-biography-two-new-books-by-david-wall.html

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Book Review

August 25, 2013 at 8:48 am (Book review, Commentary, David Wall, East Sepik District, Fiction, PNG, Sepik Blu Longpela Muruk, Sepik River)


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Sepik Blu Longpela Muruk – Kindle Edition $2.00

August 25, 2013 at 8:20 am (Book review, East Sepik District, expatriates, Papua New Guinea, Sepik Blu Longpela Muruk)


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“This novel should win the Nobel Prize for Literature.”

April 15, 2013 at 5:06 am (A.C.T. Marke, Book review, Commentary, expatriates, Fiction, Motion picture, Papua New Guinea, Sepik River, Temlett Conibeer, Third Reich, Twixt Semites and swastikas: Temlett Conibeer's greatest challenge)

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“At last the world’s patience is rewarded. Send a cheque for the innermost secrets of the SS. This novel should win the Nobel Prize for Literature.”




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The works of A.C.T. Marke in pride of place in Peter Johnson’s bookshelf

March 31, 2013 at 6:04 am (A.C.T. Marke, Book review, Commentary, Famous Old Wellingtonians, Fiction, Love in a hot climate, Love on the Run, Temlett Conibeer, Twixt Semites and swastikas: Temlett Conibeer's greatest challenge)

One of the few pleasures I still have in my old age is my yearly visits to my good friend Peter Johnson’s place in Wewak, PNG. You can imagine how pleased I was recently when I saw on entering his house that in his bookshelf in pride of place were the complete works of A.C.T. Marke.

Added to the deep pleasure I felt was the knowledge that it was I who had donated the works to Peter.

One can imagine the joy some of the famous benefactors to such establishments like the Smithsonian Institution or the British Museum must feel when they see objects that they have given on display. A joy very similar to what I felt seeing the works of Marke in Peter’s house.

I was pleased to hear what Peter Johnson said of the novels and the author: “It’s my considered opinion that Andy Marke in time will eventually attract a cult-like following.”

For those unfamiliar with the literary merits of A.C.T. Marke and his books see the links below, and a comment about cult fiction:




“Cult fiction is fiction which has attracted a large following of loyal fans and supporters. In addition to cult fiction, it is also possible to see cult authors, authors who have attracted and held fans who eagerly await their new publications. Cult fiction varies widely in terms of subject and even quality, with the literary value of some works of cult fiction being called into question by book critics who have managed to resist the fan mentality.

“Often, cult fiction breaks new ground in some way. Perhaps the author uses an innovative narrative style, or brings up edgy issues which have not been widely discussed. Cult fiction may include material which is considered explicit for the time in which it is published, attracting prurient interest from readers who like things a little racy. It may also be controversial: some of the most esteemed works of cult fiction have been banned at some point or another. Authors may explore the human condition, write terrifying visions of dystopian societies, or simply tell a good story.”

Source: http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-cult-fiction.htm

“Good friends, good books and a sleeply conscience: this is the ideal life.”  Mark Twain

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Ah, to be the possessor of the complete works!

March 20, 2013 at 5:45 am (Book review, Commentary, David Wall)

Sepik Blu Longpela Muruk by David Wall

ISBN-10: 1845491688 Published by Swirl 2007 184 pages. Cost: $30.00 incl postage in Aust Order from David Wall, 152 Wilson St, Newtown 2042 NSW Ph: 02-95505053

David Wall’s first novel draws upon real life experiences in out-station PNG [Angoram] during the 1960s and 70s as ‘colonials’ came face to face with Self-Government and then, Independence. David Wall spent some eighteen years in PNG, largely as a Health Officer in rural areas, and weaves a tale based upon real and imaginary persons and situations and scattered with quaint but apt philosophical views and quotations…

At Angoram and along the Sepik River, we are introduced to the residents: priests, patrol officers, traders and others whose occupations are less clearly defined – a cast of eclectic characters who are skilfully portrayed.

White Papua New Guinea residents will understand, appreciate and enjoy this book greatly, Australians devoid of the ‘PNG Experience’ will perhaps be less convinced of its veracity but will be amazed if convinced that truth is indeed stranger than fiction. Anyway they will also enjoy it. Papua New Guinean nationals may have even more difficulty, but for the older literate citizens, it may help to provide some explanation for the odd behaviour of the expatriates they observed in their youth; some may even wish  nostalgically to turn back the clock!
Peter Johnson

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For $4.75 the complete works of D.A.de B. Wall on Kindle!

March 10, 2013 at 11:22 pm (Angoram, Angoram Club, Book review, Commentary, East Sepik District, expatriates, Jim Wall, Medical practice in Australia, Papua New Guinea, Sepik Blu Longpela Muruk, Sepik River, Short Story, Wewak)


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My Brother Vivian … and the Christian Martyrs of Papua New Guinea by Patrick Redlich

December 26, 2012 at 3:21 am (Anglican Church in PNG, Book review, Commentary, Papua New Guinea)

See: http://asopa.typepad.com/asopa_people/2012/12/a-reconciliation-with-the-family-of-my-brothers-murderers.html#comments


This book is highly recommended! After reading it I wrote to the author:

152 Wilson St

Newtown 2042 NSW

Christmas Day, 2012


Dear Patrick


Please forgive me for taking the liberty of addressing you by your Christian name, but I’ve just finished reading the remarkable book you have written about Vivian, your brother. An experience I found most moving!

The story of Vivian comes alive in your account of his death with others, in Papua in 1942, and leaves an indelible impression!

I can’t help but reflect on the fact of me finishing my reading on Christmas Day as being most appropriate – the birth of Christ and the martyrdom of your brother and others in faraway Papua so long ago, and my Christmas Day reading, a kind of symbiosis – a Christian gift to me by courageous people.

Thank you for writing: My Brother Vivian.


Yours sincerely




David Wall

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An excellent review of A.C.T. Marke’s latest novel

November 23, 2012 at 1:51 am (A.C.T. Marke, Adolf Hitler, Book review, Commentary, East Sepik District, expatriates, Famous Old Wellingtonians, Fiction, Israel, Love in a hot climate, Love on the Run, malaria control, Papua New Guinea, PNG Health, Sepik River, Somerset, Temlett Conibeer, Third Reich, Twixt Semites and swastikas: Temlett Conibeer's greatest challenge)

Click on the links below:

Book review 1

Book review 2

Book review 3

Twixt Semites and swastikas…

Frogmouth Press

187 Low Head Road,

Low Head Tas 7253

$30.00  Posted $35.00

Email: frogmouth07@live.com.au

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The perils, and aches and pains, of self-publishing!

November 21, 2012 at 11:44 am (Biography, Book review, Commentary, David Wall, Jim Wall)

Recently I had published a shortish biography of my father:

Jim Wall An Australian Life 1893-1965, to be released in a batch of 50 copies.

The publishing and printing costs came to $28 per copy, and to post a copy within Australia is about $2. This means that to charge $30 per copy there is no profit made. Of course, added to this one is also inclined to give most copies away for nothing!

I have to admit that the quality of my work is nothing compared to the books written by my friend, the Commander! He also self-publishes, but it is rumoured that his latest novel is being looked at with interest by MGM!

In the line of authorship I’m talking about; after the actual work has been printed, one often finds mistakes that one has made – be they grammatical, factual, or other ability lapses, much to one’s embarrassment!

How much more so must I suffer if ever the work I’ve produced should come to the notice of a legal friend of mine, a noted grammarian and specialist in the uses and abuses of ‘whom’ and ‘who’ in written English. He is said to have an eagle eye in spotting  split infinitives – never would he allow one ‘to boldly go’, but only ‘to go boldly’! He might say that he heard a reader express an opinion that he or she could have written better!

It’s not all gloom and doom in relation to the above work. Some have paid me handsomely to receive a copy. Many readers have made interesting comments, which I’ll attempt to summarize.

From a reader:

“I’m afraid I found your father … well, not the saint you attempt to portray him as. The picture on the cover shows a nervous boy totally out of his depth. What were they thinking allowing him into a women’s hospital? He marries a first cousin, knowing the risks, and then he keeps her permanently pregnant! He says ‘how absurd’ when he is told his wife has an exhausted uterus. By now, I was, really disliking him. I thought the cartoon your mother copied and sent to him was telling … ‘Mussolini says so.’ It obviously went right over his head. Perhaps a more honest portrayal would have humanised him more?? All I could see was a reason for you to be a very long way away and out of touch. Whatever happened to you and why on the plantation? Keeping your mother in the dark is not protective, it’s controlling! I hope the writing helped you… what is the saying? To damn by faint praise??? Have you ever read Christina Stead? The Man Who Loved Children… Thank you for sharing, and I hope the critique does not wound.”

A comment from a relative:

“Thank you very much for the information about our family, and especially about Uncle Jim. It makes me proud to feel one comes from such a substantial family.”

From a reader:

“You could have called it: The life of a Catholic doctor in Australia, 1893-1965. Although a lot of it is for the benefit of the family, you can’t write a biography without raising a lot of wider issues and brushing the socio-political background. This short bio factually and succinctly paints the life in the country at the beginning of the 20th century. A bit like the impressionists: little brush strokes that, together, create the feel of the time and place, even though most of it is left to the imagination. I quite enjoyed reading it and looking for context that was hidden behind, such as diseases, education, religious and moral issues or surprising facts such as the nuns of Chambéry in Norway, which puzzled me. I worked in Chambéry, France, but I did not know that St Joseph of Chambéry had opened in 1865 and spread throughout Europe. I often walked to Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s house of Les Charmettes, at night at the light of sodium lamps piercing the ubiquitous fog; and admired the famous Elephant fountain “des Quatre-sans-cul” celebrating Hannibal’s crossing of the Alps at that place. Thanks for bringing the past back to life so vividly. I also enjoyed the many old photographs.”

From a would-be reader:

“I think I’ll wait till I’ve finished this novel before acquainting myself with the delights of Jim Wall’s life. Wonderful picture on the front, though I hope the setting isn’t some Catholic baby farm or punitive home for unmarried mothers.”

From a well wisher:

“I’m sure those 50 copies will be gone soon! (meaning bought by friends)”

From a thrifty and hopeful reader:

“The book would be fascinating, but I will decline. I’ll borrow it from a library!!”

From an impressed reader:

“Thanks for the book it’s so great!! Congratulations.”

From my sister:

“Thank you for the book. I enjoyed reading it & thought it was well written & a good account of Pa’s life. He would have been upset with the scandals in the Church.”

Deborah, my wife, thinks this article is ‘ridiculous’, and she wonders about what I’m trying to do! I guess she’s right, and I wonder too!

By the way, there are 20 books left at $30 a copy!

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