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Shadow Lines

by Stephen Kinnane

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Shadow Lines is the story of Jessie Argyle, born in the remote East Kimberley and taken from her Aboriginal family at the age of five, and Edward Smith, a young Englishman escaping the rigid structures of London. In a society deeply divided on racial lines, Edward and Jessie met, fell in love and married against strong opposition. Despite unrelenting surveillance and harassment the Smith home was a centre for Aboriginal cultural and social life for over thirty years. A deeply personal story of two remarkable people.

A powerful and lyrical work by a writer of vision and imagination.

Praise for the the book
‘… a rich and moving testimony … strongly recommended’
Australian Bookseller+Publisher

‘ … a tale of self-discovery beautifully told …’ — The West Australian

‘… a profound read.’— Western Suburbs Weekly

‘… a considerable accomplishment.’— Weekend Australian

‘Kinnane’s meticulous research and a talent at reading between the lines are evident from the first chapter’ — Aboriginal History

‘… little short of a masterpiece.’ — Sydney Morning Herald

‘… a stunning work, straddling the genres of lay and academic history’— Studies in Western Australian History

Indigenous Writing, Biography & Autobiography, Award Winning
Publication Year
Fremantle Press

Winner, AIATSIS Stanner Award, 2006
Winner, Western Australian Premier’s Award, 2006

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C Format (230 x 152mm)
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