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The White Girl

Narrated by: Shareena Clanton
Length: 7 hrs and 38 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
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A searing new novel from leading Indigenous storyteller Tony Birch that explores the lengths we will go to in order to save the people we love. 

Odette Brown has lived her whole life on the fringes of a small country town. After her daughter disappeared and left her with her granddaughter Sissy to raise on her own, Odette has managed to stay under the radar of the welfare authorities who are removing fair-skinned Aboriginal children from their families. 

When a new policeman arrives in town, determined to enforce the law, Odette must risk everything to save Sissy and protect everything she loves. 

In The White Girl, Miles Franklin short-listed author Tony Birch shines a spotlight on the 1960s and the devastating government policy of taking Indigenous children from their families.

©2019 Tony Birch (P)2019 W.F. Howes Ltd

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  • 11-22-19

A must read for all Australians

This was a brilliant, and unforgettable story. Having studied Australian literature, and having read and viewed a multitude of Aboriginal Australian books and films over many years, this one stands out. I recommend this story as one deserving a place on the English/Literature syllabus in every Australian school. To be ignorant of this aspect of Australian history has all the hallmarks of ignorance. It was a compelling read, happy yet so sad.

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  • Veechi
  • 10-13-19

Fabulous

I loved this evocative, perceptive story of the enduring bravery of Odette and her daughter in the face of prejudice and bigotry. Beautifully narrated,

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  • Alice
  • 09-27-19

Beautiful and binge worthy.

Thankyou for writing an authentic Australian Outback tale that I could get lost in. Sequel?

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  • rosewart
  • 09-13-19

Worth a read

I’m from white ancestry with Aboriginal nephews, Aunties, Uncles and cousins; born in 1967 and grew up on a coastal town near Geelong, Victoria. NONE of the Act was ever taught to us. None of how our First Nations was properly taught. I want to thank this author for opening my eyes

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  • GIGI
  • 07-26-19

life changing

The main character Odette is powerful and gutsy. The story is heart wrenching but I was grateful for the reality check of Indigenous history told from the Indigeous perspective. The narrator is perfect. I am so glad I read this book,