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Mullumbimby
Mullumbimby | Melissa Lucashenko
A darkly funny novel of romantic love and cultural warfare from one of Australia's most admired Indigenous voices. When Jo Breen uses her divorce settlement to buy a neglected property in the Byron Bay hinterland, she is hoping for a tree change, and a blossoming connection to the land of her Aboriginal ancestors. What she discovers instead is sharp dissent from her teenage daughter, trouble brewing from unimpressed white neighbours and a looming Native Title war between the local Bundjalung families. When Jo unexpectedly finds love on one side of the Native Title divide she quickly learns that living on country is only part of the recipe for the Good Life. Told with humour and a sharp satirical eye, Mullumbimby is a modern novel set against an ancient land.
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ChaoticMissAdventures
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I feel like there is going to be a language barrier for me to get over on this one.

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Ive had this on my wishlist FOREVER 1w
ChaoticMissAdventures @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled me too! Australian Indigenous women writing is so hard to come by so I am really excited! 1w
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Gillyreads
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November reads.

MrsMalaprop I‘m lending Mullumbimby to a book club buddy today so she can read it before we see Melissa Lucashenko speak at the Perth Writers Festival in Feb. 👏 2w
Gillyreads @MrsMalaprop I saw her at a festive in Sydney. She‘s amazing. 2w
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Gillyreads
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Melissa Lucashenko is such an incredible writer

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Gillyreads
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I can‘t express how good this book is!

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Gillyreads
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Books I got in September

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CarolynM
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There is a lot to digest in this story of modern Aboriginal life. The people and situations Lucachenko creates are so very believable and relatable, even though they are living experiences that are a very long way from my own. I didn't find this book as satisfying as Too Much Lip but it's still very good. #ozfiction

MrsMalaprop I agree! Liked Too Much Lip more 👍. 7mo
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Sue
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It‘s NAIDOC here in Australia. If you‘re looking for some great reads by Aboriginal authors, make sure you check out indigenousx on twitter https://twitter.com/indigenousx/status/1014971356801142784?s=21

It‘s being run by author Dr Anita Heiss this week - she has asked for favourites and is getting some awesome responses (the tagged book is one of mine)

#becauseofherwecan
#naidoc
#aussiesrule2018

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BookNAround
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When book mail follows you on vacation!

BookishMe The BESTEST feeling... Exhilarating and so Exciting! 1y
KateFulfordAuthor If you need another recommendation, may I point you to my People‘s Book Prize nominated debut? Sassy female narrative, laugh out dialogue and a pacy plot. Check the link in the bio for 2 free chapters, reviews and more. 1y
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RachelO
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Congratulations on your milestone @MrsMalaprop !

I'm loving seeing all the #ozfictiongiveaway suggestions and ideas. This is one I'd love to read, but haven't gone searching for yet.

Sue Mullumbimby! 🙌🙌🙌 2y
RachelO @Sue 😁I'm loving your #aussiesrule tag as well - so many amazing books we just don't hear about in this corner of the world! 2y
Sue @RachelO Aww, thanks! We have some pretty awesome writers in the land of Aus 😊 2y
MrsMalaprop @Sue @RachelO We sure do 👍. Great choice. 2y
RachelO @MrsMalaprop Thanks! And thank you for the giveaway - I'm discovering all sorts through it! 😊 2y
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MrsMalaprop
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How had I never heard of this book until I saw some Australian Littens recommended it? A well-written contemporary novel from an Australian Aboriginal woman, with language. Wow!

I found it a little challenging to get into at first, but once I was in I was hooked.

And a tip for those who might want to add it to their stack: there‘s a glossary of Bundjalung & Yugambeh words at the back, which I didn‘t discover until I‘d almost finished it. 🤨

CarolynM I think I should give this a try 2y
MrsMalaprop @CarolynM I‘ve read a fair bit of Aboriginal fiction and non-fiction, but I‘d not read anything quite like this. Worth a read I reckon. 😊 2y
KVanRead I‘m the person those lovely Aussie Littens we‘re giving the recommendations to, and I really liked as well! 2y
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MrsMalaprop
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Ahhhh. A sneaky rosé and a read when I should be making dinner. Shhhh ?
#currentlyreading #dogsoflitsy

Centique I commend this action 👏👏👏😊 2y
Cinfhen My kind of dinner plans😉 2y
LeahBergen Yes! 👏🏻👏🏻 2y
BarbaraBB Looks so good!!! 2y
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MrsMalaprop
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My bedside TBR stack runneth over!

It‘s the beginning of my 4 week summer break and this pile has been growing in readiness.

Starting with Mullumbimby, let‘s see how much of it I get through.

🤗🤔😎

CarolynM Good luck! 2y
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KVanRead
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This wonderful book was recommended to me by Aussie Littens ( would tag but no longer remember which ones -sorry!) I loved the writing style, main character and story. Definitely recommend.

Marchpane Possibly me or @Sue - we both love this book! So happy that you enjoyed it too ☺️ 2y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Always looking for good Aussie lit! Stacked! (edited) 2y
KVanRead @Marchpane Yes, I think it was you and possibly @Sue too. Thanks, it was really good! 2y
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KVanRead @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled It‘s definitely a good read. Hope you enjoy it. 2y
Sue Yay, I'm glad you enjoyed it. I have all the heart eyes for this one. 2y
KVanRead @Sue Yes!!! Thanks for the rec 2y
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Sue
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Better late than never right?

A #beautifulstranger catches Jo Breen's eye. Is he worth the trouble that he looks like he might be?

#90sinjuly

Cinfhen Sounds good! 2y
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Marchpane
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Here's my April roundup - fave for the month goes to Mullumbimby 💕

#bestofapril

minkyb Just the title is enough to hook me! 3y
Cinfhen Such colorful book covers! 💗your graphics 3y
andrew61 That looks like a good read - I've stacked it, thanks. 3y
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Chelsey Wow, what a month! 3y
Blaire I really want to read radium girls! 3y
Sue Mullumbimby 🖤💛❤️ 3y
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Marchpane
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Sometimes a book forces you to love it, warts and all. This is not a flawless literary work but it struck a chord and I LOVED it. The characters are alive on the page and I felt like I was just dropped into their lives for a while. The landscapes described are real places, ones that own my heart.

The book uses extremely realistic dialect, being a blend of rough Aussie slang, Aboriginal English, Bundjalung & Yugambeh, and lots of swearing.

5x🌟

saresmoore I wasn't convinced until "lots of swearing." ? 3y
Michelle_mck Wow! Sounds brilliant 3y
Marchpane @saresmoore lol, it's not "authentic" Aussie dialogue without tons of swear words ? @Michelle_mck you would love this I think! 3y
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Marchpane @saresmoore @Michelle_mck I forgot to mention that there is a glossary at the back for the Bundjalung/Yugambeh words which was super helpful. 3y
shawnmooney Wonderful review - I've moved it up closer to the top of my pile! 3y
LeeRHarry Stacked - Sounds good 😊 3y
Marchpane @shawnmooney there were some romantic scenes early on that were eye roll inducing, really corny, but I'm so glad I pushed on. Hope you enjoy it! 3y
Marchpane @LeeRHarry not sure whereabouts you are, but if you've spent any time in Brisbane, the Gold Coast or northern NSW you'll recognise some locations 😊 3y
LeeRHarry @Marchpane I'm in Melbourne and haven't spent a great deal of time up that way - I do love a good Aussie read though 😊 3y
mischa I read this last year and loved it so much! 3y
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Sue
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I honestly don't know how this happened.

RachelO 🎉👍🏼😁 3y
Moray_Reads 🙌🙌 3y
LiteraryinLititz Awesome stats! 3y
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sprainedbrain Fantastic! 👏👏👏👏 3y
Bookworm-Bobbie That's impressive. Well done! 3y
DebinHawaii Awesome! Great job! 📚📚👍 3y
Varshitha Woww👏🏻👏🏻 3y
Cortg Wow! 😍 3y
Reecaspieces Super!!! ❤️👏🙌👏🙌 3y
Reviewsbylola Fantastic month! 3y
Cinfhen 30!!!! Literally a book a day !!! Fantastic 💕💕💕 3y
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Sue
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Have I mentioned that I'm loving this book? Prior to reading this and The Boundary, I didn't realise what lengths our Aboriginal people had to go through to make a Native Title claim. Given the way they were removed from their lands and their families, a claim would be virtually impossible for most (even without the legal fees).

TheLondonBookworm That sounds really interesting- stacked :) 3y
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Sue
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Soooooo, today's been a bit weird. Woke up at 4am for no good reason. I'm still awake and it's after 1 am - I needed to be awake for my daughter to be dropped home. But I still feel wired - I probably shouldn't have read Horrorstör (yes, creepy AF) and I think I've just overloaded my brain.

I'm halfway through this one and it's great!

And here's a photo of some of my visitors from his afternoon.

AlaMich I haven't read Horrorstor but I like the cover. And IKEA is kind of terrifying in its own way 😉 3y
mischa Mullumbimby was one of my favourite reads from last year. Wish I could read it for the first time again. 🙂 (edited) 3y
Centique Great photos! 3y
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mischa
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A lovely story set in north-eastern NSW. Jo is a single mum who has recently purchased a farm, in part so she can be closer to the land of her aboriginal ancestors. It's a story about love, friendship, history, and tradition. Highly recommended.