Shortlisted - 2008 Walkley Award for - Non-fiction
Shortlisted - 2008 Human Rights Award - Non-fiction
Winner- 2009 NSW Premier's Literary Awards - Douglas Stewart Prize
Winner - 2009 Australian Book Industry Award – General Non-fiction
Shortlisted - 2009 The Age Book of the Year - Non-fiction
Winner - 2009 Victorian Premier's Literary Awards - Non-fiction
Winner - 2009 The Indie Book of the Year Award - Non-fiction
Winner - 2009 Queensland Premier's Literary Prize
Winner - 2009 Davitt Award - Best True Crime
Winner - 2009 John Button Prize
Winner - Victorian Premier's Literary Award 2009
Winner - 2009 Ned Kelly Award - Non-fiction
Shortlisted - 2009 Prime Minister's Literary Award - Non-Fiction
Finalist - 2009 Melbourne Prize Trust Best Writing Award
Winner - 2008 Western Australia Premier's Literary Awards - Book of the Year & Non-Fiction
The story of a death, a policeman, an island and a country
In 2004 on Palm Island, an Aboriginal settlement in the "Deep North" of Australia, a thirty-six-year-old man named Cameron Doomadgee was arrested for swearing at a white police officer. Forty minutes later he was dead in the jailhouse. The police claimed he'd tripped on a step, but his liver was ruptured. The main suspect was Senior Sergeant Christopher Hurley, a charismatic cop with long experience in Aboriginal communities and decorations for his work.
Selected for 'Best books of the year' lists by Ali Smith, Colm Tóibín, Matt Condon, Peter Carey, Salon.com, The Globe & Mail and Dwight Garner in The New York Times.
About the Author
Chloe Hooper won a Walkley Award for her writing on the inquest into the death of Cameron Doomadgee, published in The Monthly and internationally. Her first novel, A Child's Book of True Crime, was critically acclaimed around the world. Chloe's most recent book, The Tall Man, won the 2009 New South Wales Premier's Literary Award for Non-fiction and the 2009 ABIA General Non-fiction Book of the Year Award. She lives in Melbourne.
'The country's finest work of literature so far this century. A
haunting moral maze, described with such intimate observation and
exquisite restraint that I kept pausing to take a breath and silently
cheer the author. in her tale of the fatal collision between two
36-year-old males, black Cameron Doomadgee and white Senior Sergeant
Chris Hurley, Hooper . . . has produced an Australian classic.'
ROBERT DREWE, THE AGE
'Hooper followed the case and its main characters for two and a half years, and she does their complexity a remarkable justice . . . Extraordinary.'
ALISON McCULLOCH, NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW
'A gripping, heart-stopping piece of true-crime reportage . . . Deserves the widest possible audience.'
BRIAN SCHOFIELD, SUNDAY TIMES (UK)
'The book is everything it should be: a sad, beautiful, frightening account of one man's death, interwoven with the brutal history of Palm Island and a golden thread of Aboriginal mythology . . . It is The Tall Man's triumph that Hooper finds the common humanity in the accused and the accuser, the police officer and the street drinker, theliving and the dead.'
MARK DAPIN, SYDNEY MORNING HERALD
'The north has chosen to reveal itself to Chloe Hooper.'
PAUL TOOHEY, WEEKEND AUSTRALIAN
For Ages: 11 - 14 years old
For Grades: 7 - 10
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 9th September 2009
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 13.1 x 2.000
Weight (kg): 19.6