Forget the history wars. Pascoe has written a book for all Australians. He believes early colonial behaviour on Gunditchmurra lands (near Portland, Victoria) shaped us then and shapes us still - physically and intellectually.
Through a close, critical examination of the major historical works and witness accounts, Pascoe draws uncanny parallels between the techniques, language and results of the invasion to contemporary times.
- 230mm x 155mm x 20mm
- Released April 2007
- ISBN 9780855755492
About The Author
Bruce Pascoe is a Yuin, Bunurong and Tasmanian man who lives in East Gippsland, Victoria. He published and edited Australian Short Stories magazine from 1982 to 1999 and has received numerous awards for his fiction and non-fiction writing. He won the New South Wales Premier’s Book of the Year Award in 2016 for Dark Emu, Black Seeds: Agriculture or Accident (2014) a history of Aboriginal agriculture, which was performed by Bangarra Dance Theatre in 2018. His other non-fiction works include Convincing Ground: learning to fall in love with your country and the Little Red Yellow and Black Book, in its 4th edition. Pascoe’s fiction writing is also acclaimed. He won the Prime Minister’s Literature Award for Young Adult fiction for Fog a Dox (2012) in 2013. His children’s books Mrs Whitlam (2016) and Young Dark Emu (2019) were shortlisted in the Children’s Book Council of Australia Awards and the latter won the Booksellers Choice Award for 2020. His other works include Night Animals, Shark, Ocean, Cape Otway and his recent novels are Bloke (2009) and Chainsaw File (2010). He was awarded the Lifetime Achievement in Literature Award by the Australia Council in 2018.
About The Cover
Front cover image: woorrkgnan- moorraka (birthplace- burial place), Vicki Couzens 2004, acrylic and paper on canvas. Tattered possum skin cloak with skeletal figure overlaid. The figure is symbolic of both how we were buried in the old days, and the resting places of our Ancestors- in the earth. The markings on the possum skin panels tells a story of the Land, the Laws, the Dance, the Songs. It is about how we are born of, and belong to, the land. We return to the Land; it is who we are.