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Mullumbimby : Longlisted for the 2014 Miles Franklin Award - Melissa Lucashenko


Longlisted for the 2014 Miles Franklin Award

Paperback Published: 27th February 2013
ISBN: 9780702239199
Number Of Pages: 286

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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

Great read


Read till finished. Very entertaining.



Enjoyable to read


I found this story interesting and different as it speaks about Aboriginal culture...the love of the land and nature. At the end of the book is translation of Aboriginal words in English which is great.

Happy Valley SA


Authentic, funny, beautifully written.


I learnt so much regarding Aboriginal culture. It is the first novel I have read written by an aboriginal writer about aborigines. The writer captures the humour, pathos and pain of being an aborigine fighting for 'Country' Immediately I finished the book I passed it on to a friend who also loved it.

Melbourne, Australia



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ISBN: 9780702239199
ISBN-10: 0702239194
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 286
Published: 27th February 2013
Publisher: University of Queensland Press
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 22.6 x 15.4  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.38
Edition Number: 1

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