Fleurieu author Russell Westmoreland releases first book

FITTING SITE: Russell Westmoreland with his first book 'The Grave At The Top Of The Hill'. Proceeds to the Goolwa Surf Life Saving Club and Indigenous Literacy Foundation.

FITTING SITE: Russell Westmoreland with his first book 'The Grave At The Top Of The Hill'. Proceeds to the Goolwa Surf Life Saving Club and Indigenous Literacy Foundation.

A new and exciting book just released by Fleurieu author Russell Westmoreland will have you in suspense right up until the very last page.

The book titled The Grave at the Top of the Hill  is set in the Goolwa region and based on the barque 'Mozambique'  running aground way  back in 1854. History, murder, intrigue and unexpected twists and turns are all packed into this thriller  that is now on sale in this region.

The book is based on true historical facts from the 19th century  vessel that ran ashore off  the coast of South Australia near Goolwa.

Then, fast forward 150 years to a fictional murder that takes place in the local cemetery at Currency Creek. What follows is a tale of intrigue as the murderer must face his demons so he can unfold the uncanny links between the crimes of yesteryear and the present day.

Writing the book was a labour of love and it taught me so much about this region in those early days

Russell Westmoreland

Author Russell Westmoreland has tied the two tragedies together brilliantly in this, his first book. After reading to the very last page, it will inspire you to find out more about this area where so much history has been created.

The Goolwa Hotel built in the mid 1850's, now houses the original mast head from the ill fated 'Mozambique' and if you do drop into this hotel, make sure you check out some of the original furniture from this vessel, including a table and chairs that were salvaged from the ship.

Russell is proud of the book and has spent two years writing and researching in this area to ensure the historical facts are correct.

“Writing the book was a labour of love and it taught me so much about this region in those early days.

“Two years ago I attended 'Writers Week' in Adelaide and was so inspired by many brilliant writers that I began writing my own  book, which I have thoroughly enjoyed as well as learning about the deep history of this region,” he said.

Proceeds from the sale of the book are currently being divided between the Goolwa Surf Life Saving Club and the Indigenous Literacy Foundation.

Books are on sale at Bendigo Bank in Goolwa and the Artworx Gallery, also in Goolwa. 

The book is also available at the Alexandrina Council Library. For more information on The Grave at The Top Of the Hill email rustywordspublishing@gmail.com

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