Life spins stories around us as we slide through time, anchored by our secrets. Tristram Jones
has an opal that is of deep significance to his teacher,
Ivan MacAllister: a compelling and charismatic mentor haunted by a
trauma caused by the witch doctor Dinewan. Named after the Great
Emu Spirit of the Dreamtime, is Dinewan just a bitter, hateful misfit
whose mind has been warped by an old family legend...or something far
more dangerous? Tristram is haunted, too, by dreams that feel
like memories, of a terrifying monster that is waiting to pounce from
the still waters of the billabong. A web of stories surrounds
Tristam and Ivan, and the truth of them must come out as life goes on
with adventure, romance, and danger. The witch doctor is coming, and he
will have his due. Bunyip is a modern tale influenced by much
older stories and spiced with science, legend, and sensual experiences.
It is gruesome in places, funny in others, and tender where it counts.