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Terra Nullius

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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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  • becmc
  • 12-03-18

amazing

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

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-29-19

Best twist in ages

Coleman’s critique of colonialism takes a firm place amongst writers like Octavia Butler & Ursula LeGuin. The twist is a mind blowing, challenging burn & a perfect example of why books continue to hold a place in storytelling. Bravo.

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  • Daniel
  • 01-12-19

I'm going to miss this book. I'm sad already.

This is a story all Australians should take the time to acknowledge. I appreciate your words, Claire Coleman. Thank you for putting this into the world.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 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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  • Miss
  • 04-10-18

Moorditj

Great read for decolonising thinking. Written by a Moorditj Noongar Yorka. Thanks for writing it.