The story of a death, a policeman, an island and a country
In 2004 on Palm Island, an Aboriginal settlement in the "Deep North" of Australia, a thirty-six-year-old man named Cameron Doomadgee was arrested for swearing at a white police officer. Forty minutes later he was dead in the jailhouse. The police claimed he'd tripped on a step, but his liver was ruptured. The main suspect was Senior Sergeant Christopher Hurley, a charismatic cop with long experience in Aboriginal communities and decorations for his work.
Selected for 'Best books of the year' lists by Ali Smith, Colm
Tóibín, Matt Condon, Peter Carey, Salon.com, The Globe
& Mail and Dwight Garner in The New York Times.
About the Author
Chloe Hooper won a Walkley Award for her writing on the inquest into the death of Cameron Doomadgee, published in The Monthly and internationally. Her first novel, A Child's Book of True Crime, was critically acclaimed around the world. Chloe's most recent book, The Tall Man, won the 2009 New South Wales Premier's Literary Award for Non-fiction and the 2009 ABIA General Non-fiction Book of the Year Award. She lives in Melbourne.
For Ages: 11 - 14 years old
For Grades: 7 - 10
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 9th September 2009
Publisher: Penguin Books Australia
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 13.1
Weight (kg): 0.25
Edition Number: 1