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Author: Kim Scott
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Taboo  by Kim Scott 

Here is another highly charged novel by Kim Scott. Spare, electric, devastating, redemptive, this is a novel about a Noongar community retrieving language and old ways from the wreckage of colonial atrocity. In the days leading up to the opening of a Peace Park for reconciliation, local Noongar and non-Aboriginal people must first confront the site of a massacre. Poetic in its ambitions, this is a must read.  Molly


Taboo takes place in the present day, in the rural South-West of Western Australia, and tells the story of a group of Noongar people who revisit, for the first time in many decades, a taboo place: the site of a massacre that followed the assassination, by these Noongar's descendants, of a white man who had stolen a black woman. They come at the invitation of Dan Horton, the elderly owner of the farm on which the massacres unfolded. He hopes that by hosting the group he will satisfy his wife's dying wishes and cleanse some moral stain from the ground on which he and his family have lived for generations.But the sins of the past will not be so easily expunged.We walk with the ragtag group through this taboo country and note in them glimmers of re-connection with language, lore, country. We learn alongside them how countless generations of Noongar may have lived in ideal rapport with the land. This is a novel of survival and renewal, as much as destruction; and, ultimately, of hope as much as despair.

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2018 Miles Franklin Shortlist

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Kim Scott is a multi-award winning novelist. Benang (1999) was the first novel by an Indigenous writer to win the Miles Franklin Award and That Deadman Dance (2010) also won Australia's premier literary prize, among many others. Proud to be one among those who call themselves Noongar, Kim is founder and chair of the Wirlomin Noongar Language and Story Project(, which has published a number of bilingual picture books. A Companion to the Works of Kim Scott (Camden House, 2016) deals with aspects of his career in education and literature. He received an Australian Centenary Medal and was 2012 West Australian of the Year. Kim is currently Professor of Writing in the School of Media, Culture and Creative Arts at Curtin University.

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General Fields

  • : 9781925483741
  • : Pan Macmillan Australia
  • : Picador Australia
  • : June 2017
  • : 233mm X 154mm
  • : Australia
  • : August 2017
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 817
  • : Paperback
  • : Kim Scott
  • : 304
  • : English