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True Country

Written by Kim Scott


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Kim Scott captures the ambiguities, the troubles and the rewards which accompany the brutal and delicate nuances of relations when particles of one culture pass, as if through a fine sieve, into the heart of another culture.
Elizabeth Jolley

True Country, Kim Scott’s first novel, is superb’ – Sydney Morning Herald

‘This vital, often lyrical and always uncompromising novel marks an impressive debut’ – Australian Book Review

‘… a superb novel, original in conception and wonderfully evocative’ – The Australian

Billy is drifting, looking for a place to land. A young school teacher, he arrives in Australia’s remote far north in search of his own history, his Aboriginality, and his future. He finds himself in a region of abundance and beauty but also of conflict, dispossession and dislocation. On the desperate frontier between cultures, Billy must find his place of belonging.

ISBN 9781921361524 (Paperback)
Formats B Format (198 x 130mm) (Paperback)
Categories Indigenous Writing
Current Affairs, Culture & Social History
Pages 304
Publication Year 1993, 2009
Edition 2nd
Publisher Fremantle Press
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    Kim Scott

    Kim Scott is a descendant of people living along the south coast of Western Australia prior to colonisation, and is proud to be one among those who call themselves Noongar.  He began writing for publication when he became a teacher of English. He is currently based at Curtin University in Western Australia as Professor of Writing, in the School of Media, Culture and Creative Arts. Read more