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Terra Nullius
Terra Nullius: a novel | Claire G. Coleman
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“Coleman’s timely debut is testimony to the power of an old story seen afresh through new eyes.” —Adelaide Advertiser “In our politically tumultuous time, the novel’s themes of racism, inherent humanity and freedom are particularly poignant.” —Books + Publishing The Natives of the Colony are restless. The Settlers are eager to have a nation of peace and to bring the savages into line. Families are torn apart. Reeducation is enforced. This rich land will provide for all. This is not the Australia we know. This is not the Australia of the history books. Terra Nullius is something new, but all too familiar. Shortlisted for the 2018 Stella Prize Indie Book Awards and Highly Commended for the Victorian Premiers Literary Awards, Terra Nullius is an incredible debut from a striking new Australian Aboriginal voice. Jacky was running. There was no thought in his head, only an intense drive to run. There was no sense he was getting anywhere, no plan, no destination, no future. All he had was a sense of what was behind, what he was running from. Jacky was running. Claire G. Coleman is a writer from Western Australia. She identifies with the South Coast Noongar people. Her family are associated with the area around Ravensthorpe and Hopetoun. Claire grew up in a Forestry’s settlement in the middle of a tree plantation, where her dad worked, not far out of Perth. She wrote her black&write! fellowship- winning manuscript Terra Nullius while traveling around Australia in a caravan.
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The breathtaking inhumanity of the Settlers in Australia imposed upon the Natives is explored through the narrative of runaway “servant” Jacky. Coleman lulls the reader into this story before ripping back the curtain just shy of halfway through. I was shaken and unsettled by this tremendous novel and do not think it hyperbole to call it a masterpiece.

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Laughterhp
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This book was very intense, violent, and eye opening. I didn‘t really know anything Australian/Aboriginal history.

There is a lot of fighting, abuse and killing. But I feel like this is a must read.

The book lagged a bit in the middle. But it picked back up and I didn‘t want to put it down.

#readingwomenchallenge - book off 2018 shortlist
#readharderchallenge - #ownvoices Oceania

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Laughterhp
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#CurrentlyReading

This book is intense. I‘m learning so much about Australia‘s history when colonized by the British. Yes, this is fiction but I‘ve already taken a peek at the Author‘s Note so the story isn‘t true, but the circumstances of the Indigenous people are.

This book would work for anyone doing #Booked2019 for Indigenous author and #ownvoices for Oceania for the #ReadHarderChallenge

#SundayNightReading

CarolynM I'm still working myself up to this one. I think it's going to make me angry. 4w
Laughterhp @CarolynM It probably will. I‘m a little over 100 pages in and I needed to take a break from it. 3w
Clairegcoleman @Laughterhp I am pretty sure I know how much over 100 pages you are 😬 😇 3w
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Gillyreads
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Went to a great panel at All Day YA called Climate of Fear with Claire G Coleman, Lili Wilkinson and Neal Shusterman. I hope everyone in the audience went home to read Terra Nullius.

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A lotta hype for this book. I enjoyed it although my buddyreaders did not.

CarolynM I have a copy of this sitting looking at me. I must get around to it soon. 2mo
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Decalino
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As a story of colonization, this book was intense and powerful; as SF, it was less effective. I really wish the cover blurb had not compared it to LeGuin, Butler, and Atwood, three of my all time favorite authors, a comparison that was bound to disappoint. I am still counting it as a pick because it does provide a unique perspective worth reading, as long as you keep your expectations down to Earth.

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executivespooky
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Two-book Tuesday 📚🍵👍🏻

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saresmoore
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Initially, I was frustrated by this book. The writing style is almost poetic, but really just repetitive. The characters are weirdly flat and the plot takes a while to go anywhere. But then the author flipped my perspective on its head without my consent, like going up in a hobby plane to look at the local farms then the pilot starts doing barrel rolls. 😳 I ended up sort of loving it and appreciating it deeply, in spite of its imperfections.

saresmoore I‘ve read so many new-to-me authors, but this is the one I‘ll claim for #Booked2019 because it felt truly fresh to me. @BarbaraTheBibliophage @Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft 4mo
Cinfhen Nice 💞😃 4mo
Suet624 The description of this book on Litsy is pretty funny. Glad you liked it eventually. 😁 4mo
saresmoore @Suet624 That description is all over the place! The book was, at least, better than that. 🙃 4mo
batsy Love this review, friend! It's the best when books can do this to us. 4mo
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saresmoore
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I was bored by the first 100 pages of this, but then...well, I uttered aloud, “Oh, shit,” while reading on my kids‘ swingset in the backyard. No spoilers, but I‘m so in with this book now. I‘m even beginning to appreciate the repetitive rhythm of her writing and understand why the characters seemed so flat in the beginning.

saresmoore @batsy I‘ve changed my mind. 🙃 4mo
Billypar It's great when that happens. And the picture is a perfect example of this 180 degree perception shift: before I read your post I thought someone in an Easter bunny suit was behind you!🐰😂 4mo
saresmoore @Billypar I can‘t unsee the creepy bunny shadow now! #donniedarko 4mo
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Billypar Yeah and it's waving 😨 I don't think the DD bunny waves, but the film ends with that half wave. Watch out for wormholes! 4mo
BookNAround I thought I knew the story and then all of a sudden, I didn‘t. 4mo
saresmoore @BookNAround Yes, exactly! 4mo
erzascarletbookgasm Omg, the bunny shadow was the first thing I saw! 4mo
batsy Yay! And now I can't unsee horror bunny either! 😂🐰 4mo
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saresmoore
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I‘ve been working hard minimizing and spring cleaning for a few weeks, so now that we actually have some spring weather, I feel like I‘ve earned a glorious hour of sun-soaked reading time. Bonus: I just realized that this library sale find is signed by the author.

Crinoline_Laphroaig How awesome! 4mo
LeeRHarry Wow library sale find? Awesome!! It‘s been on a lot of prize winners lists so that‘s amazing 😊 4mo
Suet624 Lovely! 4mo
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Clairegcoleman Wow great find 😁 3mo
saresmoore @Clairegcoleman I felt like I was absconding with a secret treasure. 😈 I loved reading this, by the way. I was skeptical of where things were headed, at first, but then you knocked my socks off, turned them inside out, and told me they had actually been ear warmers all along! 3mo
Clairegcoleman @saresmoore that was the plan 😁 2mo
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Liberty
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Happy International Women‘s Day! 📚❤️📚

Dolly Darn! I‘ve been trying to get my hands on Terra Nullius for months. Every time I see it it‘s like spotting a four leaf clover 🍀😮. Great stack! 4mo
CarolynM @Dolly email your address to me and I'll send you a copy - munchenberg at on the dot net dot au 4mo
riversong153 Cool stack! 4mo
Dolly @CarolynM You are so sweet ♥️but you are all the way in Australia, yes? I‘ve been searching and guess what? This book is now published in the states and...the publisher is 3 miles from me! What are the chances? I thank you for your generosity but I‘ll wait and get a copy nearby. Book people are the best 😃 4mo
CarolynM @Dolly No problem, I'm very happy to promote Australian books. Glad to know it's available in the US. Now, I really must read my copy...🙂 4mo
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Purrsistently
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Too tired to take a decent pic but I gulped this down in one (very long) sitting. The build up seemed slow at first but then things fall into place and it's worth it. This is an important book, and truly well crafted.

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unabridgedchick
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Terra nullius -- "empty land" -- was the doctrine with which white Europeans used as the basis for invading Australia. It was codified into Australian law until the 1990s, but the impact is still felt.

A society based on dominance, genocide, and colonization can only respond in certain kinds of ways.

You'll think you know where this story is going. Fans of Octavia Butler and Margaret Atwood must read this one.

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Gillyreads
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Books read in January. Book of the month is Terra Nullius - HIGHLY recommend it

Clairegcoleman Thank you 5mo
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Sue
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This is my Swiss Army Rec for the #24in48 42 hour challenge.

This is such an important book, I think every Australian, everyone who belongs to a culture that has colonised another, and every one living on colonised land should read it.

#alwaywasalwayswillbe

🖤💛❤️

Rissreads One of my favourites! ❤️💛🖤 6mo
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lauralovesbooks1
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Post apocalyptic fiction set in Australia -- the struggle between natives and settlers has been going on for more than a generation. Jacky, a Native, has escaped and the search is on to being him back. At the same time, Sistra Bagra's school/home for Native children is under investigation. This would be excellent for a book club or to pair with another read on colonization. #24in48

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Clairegcoleman
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The cover from the upcoming Australian paperback of Terra Nullius. Scheduled for release mid year.

Eye catching isn‘t it?

Note: cover may change.

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Lindy
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“We survived, have always survived,” he said with pride, “that Country where I belong, where my family belong, we have walked it forever, we belong there. It looks after us, and anyone else who tries to go there, it doesn‘t look after them so well.”

(Internet photo)

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Lindy
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Escape. Pursuit. A desperate quest for freedom. In this impressive, red-hot novel that pays homage to Rabbit Proof Fence and other Indigenous Australian survival narratives, the action shifts between concurrent scenes in multiple Western Australia locations, gradually widening out into a much larger perspective on humanity. Wow. #IndigenousAuthor

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MrsMalaprop Agreed! Awesome read ❤️🖤💛. #ozfiction 6mo
Lindy @MrsMalaprop Thanks for adding the #ozfiction tag. 😁 6mo
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Lindy
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“Stealing something to eat, that is a crime that would get me flung into jail. Stealing everything, that is just good government.”

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Lindy
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…it means ‘Nobody‘s Land‘ or ‘Empty Earth.‘ There were people in Australia when the United Kingdom came; there had been for tens of thousands of years. The declaration of Terra Nullius had the direct effect of defining the Native inhabitants as non-people.

TrishB 💔 exactly. There were people in America before Columbus ‘discovered‘ it. How can you discover something that‘s always been there 🤷‍♀️ (edited) 6mo
Lindy @TrishB Egocentric mentality. 😕 6mo
TrishB 😔😔 that is taking a long time to get rid of! 6mo
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Clairegcoleman We‘ve just had Australia Day here... it commemorates the day the British invaded. Tens of thousands of people marched in protest. I was one of them. 6mo
Lindy @Clairegcoleman My friends in Brisbane call it Invasion Day. 6mo
Clairegcoleman @Lindy I call it Invasion day too. I have written extensively on the day. 6mo
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Gillyreads
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It‘s 6am here in Aus so I‘m starting @24in48 . It‘s also a national day that is currently subject to a lot of debate. It marks the landing of the first fleet in Australia and the invasion and subsequent ongoing land theft and genocide of our Indigenous nations. So my TBR for the first day of the readathon is focused on this.

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Rissreads
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These were my favourite books for 2018. Not a bad bunch.
6 were #ozfiction
3 were non-fiction
I read 38 books and listened to 15. I‘m very happy with that, 53 in total.
In 2017 I had read 34. A big improvement.
I‘m hoping to physically read 50 books this year in 2019 plus 20 audio. Let the fun begin!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 🧡💙💚🎉📚🎆💜💛❤️

Jeg Well done. I‘m hoping to read 50 this year. I have no idea how many I read last year.😊 6mo
MrsMalaprop @jeg If you remember which one you started 2018 with then you can count through them by clicking on the ‘read books‘ icon on your profile page. 6mo
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Jeg Thanks. Now to think what I read first!! 😊 6mo
Jeg I went from the first book of book club which was mine and I got 96! I can‘t believe it. 🙃🙃 6mo
Rissreads Wow that‘s impressive! @Jeg 6mo
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RedbagReadbooks
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3/5👽. It was weird and interesting.

Soubhiville Fun bookmark! 7mo
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RedbagReadbooks
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My classes are done for the semester so I have 3 weeks of nothing but catching up on all the books I have been meaning to read 🤤🤤🤤🎊🎊🎊🙏🙏🙏🙏

Liberty 🔥🔥🔥 7mo
Lovesbooks87 Yay! Enjoy it! 7mo
Soubhiville That‘s wonderful! 7mo
Clairegcoleman Enjoy 7mo
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Sue
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What do these three books have in common? They are all post apocalyptic fiction by First Nations authors.(And they are all awesome!)

LeeRHarry I really want to read Moon of the Crusted Snow and being Aussie Terra Nullius is on the list too 🇦🇺 7mo
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The.Intentional.Reader
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Wow, this book. It‘s so good and addictive. And just when I thought it was about one thing, bang it gets flipped on it‘s head! Definitely one for your TBR

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Rissreads
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#ozfiction
Wow! Wow! Wow! I just loved this book! This book has blown me away! Thanks to @MrsMalaprop for the recommendation and I shall use her words to describe the book ‘It‘s a mind fuck!‘
If that doesn‘t make you pick up and read this book then I don‘t know what will. You won‘t regret it, but go in blind so as not to spoil it! I don‘t understand how this book is not more well known?!?!?

MrsMalaprop Woot! Woot! So glad you loved it 😁🖤💛❤️ 10mo
CarolynM It's on my list 10mo
Clairegcoleman Thank you 7mo
Rissreads @Clairegcoleman You are most welcome! I have read 50 books this year and yours is one of my favourites for this year and one of my ALL time favourites! I have gifted it 3 times already and I will keep singing its praises 👏🏻😊❤️ 7mo
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TheBookStacker
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Home from Hawaii, it was a wonderful trip and it felt forever long. Happy to have the opportunity to go and also happy to be home with my fur babies. Especially with having gotten very sick on the last day of vacation so I‘m curled up in bed with my #bookmail and watching movies while eating ramen.

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Liberty
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HOLY CATS IT‘S TIME FOR FALL READING. This is a small sampling of today‘s new books! It‘s a HUGE new release day. Which ones are you excited to read? 📚❤️📚

BooksBikes12 That is a HUGE haul... 10mo
britt_brooke 😍 10mo
llwheeler So many books!! Tales of Valhalla looks good, I hadn't heard of it 📚 10mo
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tammysue 😍😍😍 10mo
Mdargusch Small Fry! 10mo
carriepaige The Wildlands! 10mo
balletbookworm The Silence of the Girls, Diary of a Bookseller, The Golden State 10mo
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Sue
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A little reminder folks, Terra Nullius is FINALLY coming out in the US this week. Do yourself a favour and get your hands on it!

trazo Very cool nail polish! 💅 11mo
BookNAround I read this a couple of months ago and thought it was really good. Initially I thought it was a story I already knew but then everything got turned on its head in an amazing way. (edited) 11mo
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Liberty
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My weekend is all booked! My reading nest is stocked and I‘m ready for a weekend crash course in September 4th releases. What are you reading this weekend? 📚❤️📚

djh I just finished Convenience Store Woman this morning, which I loved! Now, I‘m excited to begin Tin Man, by Sarah Winman. (edited) 11mo
jfalkens I just started this last night 11mo
BookHoarder32 I need to finish 11mo
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Notafraidofwords Have you watched to all the boys I‘ve loved before ? 11mo
LisaJo The screen is a little small, but is that Killing Eve on your computer screen. Gosh, I so enjoyed that series. Cannot wait for the second season. 11mo
Notafraidofwords @Liberty omg tell me you‘ve loved it!!! 11mo
Liberty @Notafraidofwords It‘s very cute. 11mo
zzz Can't wait to read 11mo
CathyJ @djh I loved Tin Man! 11mo
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Liberty
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Last fall when I was in NYC, I ran into Gavin from Small Beer Press, and he told me about one of their upcoming titles. It sounded AMAZING. Well, the time is now, the book is here, and I couldn‘t be more excited if I swallowed a cat and broke out in kittens! (I had the $240, I had to have the pudding.)🤘🏻🤘🏻

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LiterRohde
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I like speculative fiction. The tile alone hit me - Nobody‘s Land - wow. I don‘t read enough from other countries. And it‘s nice to see another country grapple with issues surrounding colonialism. I hope that last one didn‘t sound too callous. I think my last two reasons are a hazard of living in a particular culture - you read what you can easily get your hands on and don‘t realize what other cultures are also dealing with.

#OzFictionGiveaway

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Dolly
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Oh dear, I messed up the post here, sorry. Congrats on your awesome milestone.
I‘m dying to read Terra Nullius because Lia - Hide and Seek BookTuber has made me excited about this (and other Australian writers) and I can‘t find it here.
Thanks for the #ozfictiongiveaway @MrsMalaprop !
#ozfiction

MrsMalaprop Great choice. You‘re in the running 😊. 1y
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mspixieears
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When her meagre ammo inevitably ran out bad language was all she would have. Bad language and a knife.

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It is HARD reading about the inhumanities the peoples of this land known as Australia have gone through…and still so little being done about reparations; we need to start having these conversations, and push our governing bodies into acting on what all its people want (I‘m the child of migrants to Aus).

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mspixieears
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Notions of ‘protection‘ from the colonisers.

MrsMalaprop Just finished this one 🙌. 1y
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mspixieears
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So far, charting the mention of usage of sun and light as hope for the oppressed peoples.

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Every child knew they did not belong there, on that dry riverbank, although every child had been born right there in camp.

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🌴 Beach Read 🌴

readordierachel That cover is really cool 1y
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Love this and don‘t see enough people talking about it! This is a collision of science fiction with an alternate Australian history. Claire‘s writing is powerful (reminded me in parts of Margaret Atwood!) and genuinely made me think. Highly recommend, and cannot wait to read what Coleman writes next!

BarbaraTheBibliophage Welcome to Litsy! This one looks intriguing. 1y
Clairegcoleman Thanks 1y
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MrsMalaprop
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Holy f*^k 😳. What did I just read?

Original, terrifying, brutal. Do it people 👊.

#ozfiction

CarolynM You've convinced me. Stacked 1y
Cinfhen Nice review 🙌🏻❣️ 1y
Clairegcoleman Thats the response i was looking for😀 1y
Abailliekaras That‘s quite a rap! 1y
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MrsMalaprop
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#QuotsyApril18 Day 21 #Revenge

Jacky had every right to seek #revenge after what the Settlers had done.

Has anyone else out there read this debut speculative fiction by young Australian Aboriginal woman Clare Coleman? I am finding it an engrossing mindf*^~!

TK-421 Stacked! 1y
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MrsMalaprop
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It‘s Monday morning here in Western Australia. The first day of two weeks of school holidays and I don‘t have to go to work.

All of this means no early rising & getting kids moving. I can sit in bed with a cup of tea and read. Bliss ☺️.

Tamra Happy Day! 1y
LeeRHarry Noice!!! 😊 1y
Centique School holidays here in NZ too so I just had a cup of tea in bed as well (Snap 😋) But next few days I have to be up early to get my daughter to dancing comps - boo, hiss - will enjoy it while I can! 1y
MrsMalaprop @Centique Yes, I have to work tomorrow & the next day, so I‘m enjoying it while I can too ☕️📚🛏👍. Hope your daughter‘s comps go well 😊👏. 1y
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MrsMalaprop
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Up next. Another book by a local Noongar author. This one‘s a debut novel that made it to #Stella18 shortlist.

The winner, announced last week, was Tracker by Alexis Wright, another Aboriginal Australian author. #ozfiction #currentlyreading

LeeRHarry I can't wait to read this one - looks really good! 1y
Sue Yay, I hope you enjoy this one! 1y
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BookNAround
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I don‘t read much Australian fiction (how much actually makes it here?) so this is a newish experience for me. I‘ve been reading it as straight up but it‘s apparently speculative fiction. I‘ll be curious to see when it turns that corner.

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BookishBron
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The Stella Prize long list is growing my TBR

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Sue
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A couple of good looking Stella nominees (and I hope the Miles Franklin peeps are paying attention)

#stellalonglist

Btw Litsy -Tracker isn‘t in your database yet - could you please update?

CarolynM Interesting list this year 1y
Sue @CarolynM Yes, very interesting! I‘m looking forward to reading them. 1y
Gillyreads Both on my TBR. Alexis Wright is my favourite author. 1y
Sue @Gillyreads She‘s amazing. Did you see her Invasion day piece this year? 💔 1y
Gillyreads @sue yeah. Incredible. 1y
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Clairegcoleman
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Terra Nullius has been longlisted for the Stella Prize, an award for Australian Women writers. That's me on stage receiving flowers.

Sue Congratulations! It‘s so well deserved! 1y
Dolly Waiting in the US not so patiently. 🙁 1y
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