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The Waterboys ebook

by Peter Docker

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The Waterboys is a fist-clenching and nail-biting re-imagining of Australian history; what is, what could have been, or what really was.’ — Howard Pedersen, author of
Jandamarra and the Bunuba Resistance.

Conway inhabits an apocalyptic future in a continent caught up in a violent struggle for control of water. He is a whitefulla whose heart and spiritual connections are black.

On the run from the Water Board flunkies who hate him but need his water divining skills to survive, Conway dreams his way back to the arrival of Europeans in Western Australia when Captain Charles Fremantle chooses to throw off the mantle of Empire and join the Nyoongar people.

Praise for the book
‘This is a fine example of speculative fiction. Similar to George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four, it takes a contemporary theme and creates a world both familiar and different to our own. This is a finely written book, enjoyable to read …****’ — Bookseller+Publisher

‘This is a gripping, episodic and well-defined novel from a writer who has an evident love of his land.****’ — Good Reading Magazine

‘Docker triumphs in The Waterboys with his audacious reordering of history.’ — Overland

‘Part revisionist history, part dystopian thriller, The Waterboys moves along at a swift clip thanks to Docker’s imaginative plotting and deft use of language.’ — The West Australian

‘… a wild, strange adventure, a vital fictional engagement with indigenous culture and a cheeky foray into the politics of Western Australian secession.’ — The Age

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Fremantle Press

Shortlisted, Aurealis Awards, 2012

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