Come with Patrick on an adventure to the goldfields, north of Melbourne, Australia, with his Dad as they peddle their wares to the miners. Will bushrangers stop them on their way in their horse and cart? What happens when his Dad leaves him with the wagon while he finds them something to eat?
This book describes the life of diggers in Australia. Quite an imaginative feat, as this history unfolds through the eyes of a young boy when his father exposes him to the diggers. These accounts show not only the writer’s in-depth knowledge of history but his literary prowess as well. It is a befitting read for school children of all ages. (review)
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Michael Patrick Mardel (1949-) was born near the city of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. He has trained to be a teacher-librarian ending up with a Bachelor of Education and a Graduate Diploma of Librarianship. At the age of 40 he started studying psychology as that is what he always wanted to do. He graduated with a Graduate Diploma of Applied Science (Psychology) and has spent his time since then counselling, teaching students how to drive, and being a carer. In 2004 he assisted his publisher on bringing out Library Walkabout and from then on he self-published Walkabout Dreaming years 5-8 and 3-4, Sustainability in the 21st century part 1 (all revised in 2018) and part 2 (Growing your own), Computer Walkabout (being revised), Storyteller Walkabout, Music Walkabout, Psychology Walkabout and Style Manual. He wrote the Australian short stories for boys (& girls) over two years. These stories are now available from Amazon through CreateSpace for $5.99 and on Kindle. Other textbooks are available at his website: http://www.downunderonline.org.
Michael has now written a trilogy around the life of Paul O’Leary for middle grade readers. There are now 4 YA books: The diary of a babydyke in transition; Frack off: trouble in the high country and the Kimberley; The Mermaid and the Seahorse; and A Cowboy Downunder.
In between writing Michael reads for reviews.
He also has a counselling book under the pen name of Patrick Ferreira called Most common questions about surviving emotional abuse…and the answers..for men.