Song of the Crocodile

Author(s): Nardi Simpson

Australian Fiction | Miles Franklin Longlist | Literary Fiction | Books for Bookclubs

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. Full of music, Yuwaalaraay language and exquisite description, Song of the Crocodile is a lament to choice and change, and the unyielding land that sustains us all, if only we could listen to it.


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Longlisted Miles Franklin 2021

2021 Stella Prize Longlist

Shortlisted for the ABIA Matt Richell Award for New Writer of the Year 2021

ABA Nielsen Booksellers Choice Shortlist 2021

Shortlisted NSW Premier's Literary UTS Glenda Adams Award for New Writing 2021

Shortlisted for the VIC Premier’s Award for Indigenous Writing 2021

Shortlisted for the Indie Book Award for Debut Fiction 2021

Winner of the Queensland Literary Award 2021

General Fields

  • : 9780733643743
  • : Hachette Australia
  • : Hachette Australia
  • : 0.3
  • : June 2020
  • : 3.7 Centimeters X 15.4 Centimeters X 23.3 Centimeters
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 448
  • : Paperback
  • : Nardi Simpson