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Bobby Wabalanginy never learned fear, not until he was pretty well a grown man. Sure, he grew up doing the Dead Man Dance - those stiff movements, those jerking limbs – as if he’d learned it from their very own selves; but with him it was a dance of life, a lively dance for people to do together…

Told through the eyes of black and white, young and old, That Deadman Dance is a story about a fledgling Western Australian community in the early 1800s known as the ‘friendly frontier’. Poetic, warm-hearted and bold, it is a story which shows that first contact did not have to lead to war. It is a story for our times.

©2010 Kim Scott (P)2011 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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  • Blake
  • Williamstown North, Australia
  • 05-13-12

Even H. Bower couldn't make this one interesting

What disappointed you about That Deadman Dance?

The story was hard work. Hard to follow and retain even a small amount of interest.

Would you ever listen to anything by Kim Scott again?

Unlikely, unless I was convinced from a thousand reviews that it was worthwhile.

What three words best describe Humphrey Bower’s voice?

Great for narration

What character would you cut from That Deadman Dance?

All of them

Any additional comments?

Disappointing. I bought this book because it had won an Australian literary award. I should have known awards don't necessarily mean the book suits my taste.

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fantastic

The sense of time, place and loss in this novel made me shivver.

Very well done.

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  • Brittany
  • 01-15-16

A beautiful story.

I took a while too get into this story, but it improved. It was a heart breaking and informative and had a great reverence for the Indigenous Australian people.

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