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Song of the Crocodile

Song of the Crocodile

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Song of the Crocodile is a deeply moving Australian saga from the winner of the 2018 black&write! fellowship. When a town's secrets start to be uncovered the town will be rocked by a violent act that forever shatters a century of silence. Nardi Simpson writes with passion and exquisite description filled with Yuwaalaraay language. This novel is a story of choice and change. A great Australian story.

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Darnmoor, The Gateway to Happiness. The sign taunts a fool into feeling some sense of achievement, some kind of end- that you have reached a destination in the very least. Yet as the sign states, Darnmoor is merely a gateway, a waypoint on the road to where you really want to be.

Darnmoor is the home of the Billymil family, three generations who have lived in this 'gateway town'. Race relations between Indigenous and settler families are fraught, though the rigid status quo is upheld through threats and soft power rather than the overt violence of yesteryear.

As progress marches forwards, Darnmoor and its surrounds undergo rapid social and environmental changes, but as some things change, some stay exactly the same. The Billymil family are watched (and sometimes visited) by ancestral spirits and spirits of the recently deceased, who look out for their descendants and attempt to help them on the right path.

416 pages, paperback, 29th of September 2020 by Hachette Australia.

About the Author:

Nardi Simpson is a Yuwaalaraay writer, musician, composer and educator from North West NSW freshwater plains. A founding member of Indigenous folk duo Stiff Gins, Nardi has been performing nationally and internationally for 20 years. Her debut novel, Song of the Crocodile was a 2018 winner of a black&write! writing fellowship.

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23.3 x 15.4 x 3.7cm

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Paperback.

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