A bookclub for the feminist reader
Every month, we choose a book by an amazing Australian woman or non-binary writer to read and celebrate.
Books are announced here and on Instagram, and we host an online panel event at the end of the month to discuss the book.
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JUNE - Song of the Crocodile by Nardi Simpson
Darnmoor is the home of the Billymil family, three generations who have lived in this 'gateway town'. Race relations between Indigenous and settler families are fraught, though the rigid status quo is upheld through threats and soft power rather than the overt violence of yesteryear.
As progress marches forwards, Darnmoor and its surrounds undergo rapid social and environmental changes, but as some things change, some stay exactly the same. The Billymil family are watched (and sometimes visited) by ancestral spirits and spirits of the recently deceased, who look out for their descendants and attempt to help them on the right path.
When the town's secrets start to be uncovered the town will be rocked by a violent act that forever shatters a century of silence. Full of music, Yuwaalaraay language and exquisite description, Song of the Crocodile is a lament to choice and change, and the unyielding land that sustains us all, if only we could listen to it.
2021 Miles Franklin Award
2021 Stella Prize
2021 Australian Book Industry Awards - Literary Fiction Book of the Year
2021 Victorian Premiers Literary Awards- Indigenous Writing
2021 MUD Literary Prize
2021 New South Wales Premiers Literary Awards - New Writing
2021 Indie Book Awards- Debut Fiction