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Terra Nullius: A Novel : Longlisted for the 2018 Stella Prize - Claire G. Coleman

Terra Nullius: A Novel

Longlisted for the 2018 Stella Prize

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Published: 29th August 2017
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In the near future Australia is about to experience colonisation once more. What have we learned from our past? A daring debut novel from the winner of the 2016 black&write! writing fellowship.

'Jacky was running. There was no thought in his head, only an intense drive to run. There was no sense he was getting anywhere, no plan, no destination, no future. All he had was a sense of what was behind, what he was running from. Jacky was running.'

The Natives of the Colony are restless. The Settlers are eager to have a nation of peace, and to bring the savages into line. Families are torn apart, reeducation is enforced. This rich land will provide for all.

This is not Australia as we know it. This is not the Australia of our history. This Terra Nullius is something new, but all too familiar.

This is an incredible debut from a striking new Australian Aboriginal voice.

About the Author

Claire G Coleman is a writer from Western Australia. She identifies with the South Coast Noongar people. Her family are associated with the area around Ravensthorpe and Hopetoun. Claire grew up in a Forestry's settlement in the middle of a tree plantation, where her dad worked, not far out of Perth.

She wrote her black&write! fellowship-winning manuscript Terra Nullius while travelling around Australia in a caravan.

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It's been a long time since I tore through a book as quickly as this one. The plot is excellent the writing engaging, it's easily one of the best sci fi novels I've ever read. The novel follows several characters and meshes their stories together beautifully. Terra Nullius's poignant message is present in every character's journey, but reading it never felt like a lecture. I'll definitely be reading this again, I really can't recommend it enough.

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Terra Nullius is witty, weird, moving and original. - Weekend Australian

Set in an Australia that is simultaneously recognisable and bleakly foreign, Coleman's work of speculative fiction tells a story of colonisation and displacement that is both devastating and all too familiar. In our politically tumultuous time, the novel's themes of racism, inherent humanity and freedom are particularly poignant. - Books + Publishing

Noongar writer Claire Coleman's debut novel, Terra Nullius, envisions a continent disturbingly familiar and worryingly futuristic. Disturbing because it opens with a scenario of settler dispossession; worrying because Coleman's stories serve as a critique of recent history and prophesy a "second wave invasion and a post-colonial future". - Sydney Morning Herald

Coleman makes a significant contribution to the emerging body of Aboriginal writers such as Ellen van Neerven and Alexis Wright who write spectral and speculative fiction to critique the vicious fiction of the colonial archive. - Canberra Times

Coleman, a south coast Noongar woman from Western Australia, goes to the heart of Australia's challenge as a nation - how to universalise the experience of Indigenous people, so that it is something all Australians can understand. This is the essence of good fiction: it takes us away from our present reality and into another. - Zoe Pollo

ISBN: 9780733638312
ISBN-10: 0733638317
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 29th August 2017
Publisher: Hachette Australia
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.5  x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.39
Edition Number: 1