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Terra Nullius


Terra Nullius

  • Shortlisted for the Stella Prize 2018
  • Highly Commended in the Victorian Premier's Literary Awards 2017
  • Shortlisted for the ABIA Matt Richell Award for New Writers 2018
  • Shortlisted for the Aurealis Award for a Science Fiction Novel 2017
  • Longlisted for the Indie Book Award for Debut Fiction 2018
  • Nominated for Ditmar Award Best New Talent 2018

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. 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 settlement in the middle of a tree plantation, where her dad worked, not far out of Perth.

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

Claire G. Coleman
Published June 2019
304 Pages
196mm x 126mm
ISBN: 9780733641923

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