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Red Can Origami

Written by Madelaine Dickie


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Ava has just landed a job as a reporter in Gubinge, a tiny tropical town in Australia's north.

Gubinge has a way of getting under the skin. Ava is hooked on the thrill of going hand-to-hand with barramundi, awed by country, and stunned by pindan sunsets. But a bitter collision between a native title group and a Japanese-owned uranium mining company is ripping the community in half.

From the rodeos and fishing holes of northern Australia, to the dazzling streets of night-time Tokyo, Ava is swept in pursuit of the story. Will Gerro Blue destroy Burrika country? Or will a uranium mine lift its people from poverty? And can Ava hold on to her principles if she gives in to her desire for Noah, the local Burrika boss?


'You will be entertained, you will laugh, and your emotions will be affected. ... This is a wonderful second novel. Share it around, once you’ve read it. Better still, buy your friends and family a copy for Christmas! You and they won’t be disappointed.' Fremantle Shipping News

'This is a powerful novel on every level. The writing is stunning, capturing the wild nature and beauty of Australia's north.' Good Reading magazine

'Red Can Origami feels remarkably uncontrived, despite being narrated in the unusual second person, and is written with verve, wit and a travel writer’s eye for detail.' The Saturday Age

'Dickie is masterful at striking metaphors ...' ANZ Lit Lovers

'With its vivid descriptions of place and earthy narrative voice, Red Can Origami is an evocative and topical read.' Writing WA

'... Red Can Origami works beautifully as a consciousness-raiser, because it wraps authentic situations and issues in an engaging, page-turning story.' Whispering Gums

ISBN 9781925815504 (Paperback)
Formats B+ Format (208 x 140mm) (Paperback)
Categories Fiction
Book Club Reads
Publisher Fremantle Press
Edition 1st
Publication Year 2019
Pages 224
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    Madelaine Dickie

    Madelaine Dickie has been writing since she was seven. Her first novel, Troppo, was published by Fremantle Press in 2016. It won the City of Fremantle T.A.G. Hungerford Award and was shortlisted for the Dobbie Literary Award and Barbara Jefferis Award. Red Can Origami is her second novel. It was written on Balangarra country, in the Kimberley region of Western Australia, and at Youkobo Art Space in Tokyo, Japan. Madelaine loves to travel. A surf-obsession has led Madelaine from Spain's Mundaka to Namibia's Skeleton Coast, to little-known waves in the Dominican Republic. She is studying Spanish and speaks Indonesian. Madelaine currently lives in Exmouth, WA. Read more