Wresting his family from the easy living of nineteenth-century Sydney, Cornelius Laffey takes them to northern Queensland where thousands of hopefuls are digging for gold in the mud. They confront the horror of Aboriginal dispossession, and Cornelius is sacked for reporting the slaughter. This is an unforgettable tale of the other side of Australia's heritage.
About the Author
Thea Astley was one of Australia's most respected and acclaimed
novelists. Born in Brisbane in 1925, Astley studied arts at the
University of Queensland. She held a position as Fellow in Australian
Literature at Macquarie University until 1980, when she retired to
write full time. In 1989 she was granted an honorary doctorate of
letters from the University of Queensland.
She won the Miles Franklin Award four times - in 1962 for The
Well Dressed Explorer, in 1965 for The Slow Natives, in
1972 for The Acolyte and in 2000 for Drylands. In 1989
she was award the Patrick White Award. Other awards include 1975 The
Age Book of the Year Award for A Kindness Cup, the 1980 James
Cook Foundation of Australian Literature Studies Award for Hunting
the Wild Pineapple, the 1986 ALS Gold Medal for Beachmasters,
the 1988 Steele Rudd Award for It's Raining in Mango, the 1990
NSW Premier's Prize for Reaching Tin River, and the 1996 Age
Book of the Year Award and the FAW Australian Unity Award for The
Multiple Effects of Rainshadow.