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
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)
When book mail follows you on vacation!
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. 🤨
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.
Here's my April roundup - fave for the month goes to Mullumbimby 💕
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.
I honestly don't know how this happened.
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).
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.