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Shadow Lines

Written by Stephen Kinnane


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.

‘… 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


AIATSIS Stanner Award (Winner 2006)
Western Australian Premier’s Award (Winner 2006)

ISBN 9781863682374 (Paperback)
Formats C Format (234 x 153mm) (Paperback)
Categories Indigenous Writing
Autobiography, Biography & Memoir
Award Winning
Pages 416
Publication Year 2003
Edition 1st
Publisher FP
  • Stephen kinnane

    Stephen Kinnane

    Stephen Kinnane is a descendant through his mother’s mother of the Miriwoong people of the East Kimberley and was raised in Noongar country in the south-west of Western Australia. As a writer and researcher he has worked on a variety of community-based cultural heritage projects. He collaborated with Lauren Marsh and Alice Nannup on the book, When the Pelican Laughed (1992) and co-wrote and co-produced The Coolbaroo Club (1996), an ABC television documentary. Read more