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Listening to Country : A Journey to the Heart of What It Means to Belong - Ros Moriarty

Listening to Country

A Journey to the Heart of What It Means to Belong


Published: 1st September 2011
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The moving and personal story of one woman's journey into the remote and rugged Tanami Desert with the matriarchs of her husband's family.

Shortlisted for both The Age Book of the Year and The Australian Human Rights Commission Literature Award
'This big land, Australia. It's big enough for everyone!' calls Annie Karrakayn across the pre-dawn campfire to the other Law women stirring from the perfect quiet of a still, desert night. 'Strong Dreamin' ' she whispers.
So begins the intimate diary of Ros Moriarty, a white woman married to an Aboriginal man, as she takes an emotional journey across country and culture to the Northern Territory's Tanami Desert with Annie and the other matriarchs of her husband's Aboriginal family to perform ceremony.
Full of warmth and honesty, Listening to Country opens a rare and vivid window to the voices, humour and strength of these remarkable Law women of the remote Gulf of Carpentaria. It reveals the human relationships and philosophical insights which enable them to transcend the heartbreaking material poverty, illness and increasing violence of their community, to live life with astonishing happiness and purpose.
Listening to Country is an uplifting tribute to them and a celebration of love, family and belonging.

About The Author

Ros Moriarty, formerly a journalist with Radio Australia in Indigenous affairs, women's issues and the environment, has now spent most of her professional life as managing director of Australia's leading Indigenous design studio, Balarinji, a business she established with her husband, John Moriarty, in 1983. Listening to Country is her much-acclaimed first book.


Shortlisted, 2010 Human Rights Literature Non-fiction Award
Shortlisted, The Age Book of the Year 2010



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Incredibly moving - a must read


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  • Deserves Multiple Readings
  • Easy To Understand
  • Informative
  • Inspirational
  • Well Written


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    Comments about Listening to Country:

    This book is an incredible, moving and important read for every Australian. Ros tells the story of her family and experiences with Indigenous Australia simply but powerfully. There is no way that this novel won't move you.

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    "It is perhaps the most lyrical and evocative book I have read in years. . . [she] has created a beautiful rendering of the wonder that results when one human being connects with another." Mary Dalmau in "ShelfAwareness""

    ISBN: 9781742378152
    ISBN-10: 1742378153
    Audience: General
    Format: Paperback
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 240
    Published: 1st September 2011
    Publisher: Allen & Unwin
    Country of Publication: AU
    Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 12.8  x 1.9
    Weight (kg): 0.25
    Edition Number: 1