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Publisher's Summary

Highly Commended in the Victorian Premier's Literary Awards 2017

Longlisted for the Indie Book Award for Debut Fiction 2018

Longlisted for the Stella Prize 2018

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.

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 Australia as we know it. This is not the Australia of our history. This Terra Nullius is something new, but all too familiar.

This is an incredible debut from a striking new Australian Aboriginal voice.

©2018 Claire G. Coleman (P)2018 Hachette Australia Audio

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"The truth that lies at the heart of this novel is impossible to ignore." (Books+Publishing)

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  • 12-03-18

amazing

this book is amazing. I urge you to go into not knowing too much. highly recommended

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  • Freddie Muleman
  • 05-06-19

A slow start to a much needed story

While I found the story slow for the first half of the book the later half had me fully engaged. I came across this book as a science fiction fan but leave it as a true fan of the author. At times the truths told through fiction were hard for me to hear but the perspective of the colonised is something White Australia desperately needs to listen to.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-04-18

just alright

didn't love it, couldn't finish it but also didn't hate it. Just didn't catch my attention.

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  • Kate Richardson
  • 04-09-18

Amazing

This book was beautifully narrated - the use of Australian voice actors was so refreshing and added to the overall feel of the narrative. This book was a surprise and flipped my expectations of what the story would become - very clever and full of thought provoking metaphor and nuance. Highly recommend for everyone to read!

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  • raz
  • 12-03-19

Great way to tell the story of Australia

How do you tell stories in the digital age. Terra Nullius is an great way on how to tell a young and in fact any modern audience what happened in Australia during 18th, 19th and beginning of 20th centuries. Humanity has come a long way since then. But how do you engage audiences with these type of historical topics? Terra Nullius is the answer.

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  • 10-19-19

Entertaining but needed more subtlety

The story and the characters were entertaining, however the unsubtle connection between the toad invasion of Earth and the British invasion of Australia took away from the story, a more muted connection, allowing the reader to draw conclusions and links would have been more effective.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-13-18

Too weird for my liking

I bought this expecting historical fiction and got aliens halfway into the story. Too weird and not what I was looking for.

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  • 09-02-18

Clumsy


The themes at the core of this work, of cultural displacement, of common humanity, of a failure to value the richness of cultures we view as alien are important. Sadly I found the rendering of characters thin and one dimensional. I like the way if defies generic conventions, but ultimately, I did not believe in any of the characters enough to get emotionally involved in the story. An interesting idea that for me fails in the execution.

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  • serin
  • 02-12-21

Brilliant Indigenous Aussie Sci-fi

As all science fiction must do; this book does. And all one can imagine what that might look like in an Indigenous context; it is.
Surprising, emotive and often times jarring.
A true empathy machine.

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  • J. Bidois
  • 02-05-21

Spectacular

Spectacular futuristic novel with deep reflections of Australia’s past. I will seek out more of Coleman's writing.

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  • MrsBoaden
  • 11-28-20

Exceptional and Heartbreaking

An incredible story, beautifully written, that has left my heart aching. I look forward to reading other works by this author.