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Mullumbimby - Melissa Lucashenko

Mullumbimby

By: Melissa Lucashenko

Paperback | 27 February 2013 | Edition Number 1

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Longlisted for the 2014 Miles Franklin Award

A darkly funny novel of romantic love and cultural warfare.


When Jo Breen uses her divorce settlement to buy a neglected property in the Byron Bay hinterland, she is hoping for a tree change, and a blossoming connection to the land of her Aboriginal ancestors. What she discovers instead is sharp dissent from her teenage daughter Ellen, trouble brewing from unimpressed white neighbours, and a looming Native Title war among the local Bundjalung families. When Jo stumbles into love on one side of the Native Title divide she quickly learns that living on country is only part of the recipe for the Good Life.

Told with humour and a sharp satirical eye, Mullumbimby is a modern novel set against an ancient land.

About the Author

Melissa Lucashenko is an Australian writer of mixed European and Murri (Aboriginal) heritage. She was born in Brisbane in 1967, and attended public primary and secondary schools there. Melissa received an honours degree in public policy from Griffith University, graduating in 1990. She lives between Brisbane and the Bundjalung nation.
Industry Reviews
'Cheeky, thoughtful, real - a powerful story about country and belonging.' - Kate Grenville