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25 July 2017
Fiction & Literature; Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
From Kim Scott, two-times winner of the Miles Franklin Literary Award, comes a work charged with ambition and poetry, in equal parts brutal, mysterious and idealistic, about a young woman cast into a drama that has been playing for over two hundred years ...

Taboo takes place in the present day, in the rural South-West of Western Australia, and tells the story of a group of Noongar people who revisit, for the first time in many decades, a taboo place: the site of a massacre that followed the assassination, by these Noongar's descendants, of a white man who had stolen a black woman. They come at the invitation of Dan Horton, the elderly owner of the farm on which the massacres unfolded. He hopes that by hosting the group he will satisfy his wife's dying wishes and cleanse some moral stain from the ground on which he and his family have lived for generations.

But the sins of the past will not be so easily expunged.

We walk with the ragtag group through this taboo country and note in them glimmers of re-connection with language, lore, country. We learn alongside them how countless generations of Noongar may have lived in ideal rapport with the land. This is a novel of survival and renewal, as much as destruction; and, ultimately, of hope as much as despair.
By:   Kim Scott
Imprint:   Picador
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 235mm,  Width: 154mm,  Spine: 23mm
Weight:   391g
ISBN:   9781925483741
ISBN 10:   1925483746
Publication Date:   25 July 2017
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
  • Long-listed for ABIA Literary Fiction Book of the Year 2018
  • Long-listed for Indie Book Awards Fiction 2018
  • Long-listed for Miles Franklin Literary Award 2018
  • Short-listed for Miles Franklin Literary Award 2018
  • Short-listed for Victorian Premier's Literary Award for Fiction 2018

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