The Waterboys

Written by Peter Docker

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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. Four stars.’ Books+Publishing

‘This is a gripping, episodic and well-defined novel from a writer who has an evident love of his land. Four stars.’ 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

‘… the story quickly becomes filled with action, as Conway fights the insidious Water Board.’ Sun Herald

‘Docker isn’t the first writer to imagine our founding fathers might have spilled a lot less blood and wreaked a lot more good but the scenes he conjures up on the banks of the Swan are a tantalising vision of what might have been.’ Sydney Morning Herald

’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

Awards

Aurealis Awards (Shortlisted 2012)

Properties
ISBN 9781921696947 (Paperback)
Formats B+ Format (205 x 138mm) (Paperback)
Categories Book Club Reads
Award Winning
Fiction
ebooks
Pages 364
Publication Year 2011
Edition 1st
Publisher Fremantle Press
Rights World
  • Peter docker

    Peter Docker

    Peter Docker was born in 1964 in Narrogin, WA, the son of a motor mechanic, and grew up on remote Lort River Station, Coomalbidgup. He studied creative writing at Curtin University, receiving a BA (English) in 1987, and acting at The Victorian College of the Arts, gaining a Diploma of Dramatic Art (Acting) in 1990. Docker lives in the lands of the Kulin Nations, Victoria, and continues to write about the secret country where black and white Australia meet. He writes about the coming together – or not – of the truth and the lies in Australia, about Australia’s search for its truth, and about the myriad of ways that we can look into our hearts – and find love.   Read more