I loved this book and as a newcomer to Australia myself, I was grateful that it explored territory that is often hidden or glossed over. I bought it after reading an interview with Peter Carey in which said he'd actively avoided writing about Aboriginal history and colonial history until now because he didn't think it was his story to tell. As an outsider, I have even less right to comment on these aspects of the story and how it's told. I was sorry that the last chapters felt rushed, and Bachhuber's story is concluded in the third person instead of the first person. I would love to have felt closer to this part of the story.