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Edenglassie

By: Melissa Lucashenko
Narrated by: Ursula Yovich
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Set in Brisbane when First Nations people still outnumber the colonists, award-winning Goorie author Melissa Lucashenko tells two extraordinary stories set five generations apart.

When Mulanyin meets the beautiful Nita in Edenglassie, their saltwater people still outnumber the British. As colonial unrest peaks, Mulanyin dreams of taking his bride home to Yugambeh Country, but his plans for independence collide with white justice.

Two centuries later, fiery activist Winona meets Dr Johnny. Together they care for obstinate centenarian Grannie Eddie, and sparks fly, but not always in the right direction. What nobody knows is how far the legacies of the past will reach into their modern lives.

Melissa Lucashenko torches Queensland’s colonial myths, while reimagining an Australian future.

PLEASE NOTE: This audiobook comes with an accompanying PDF that will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2023 Melissa Lucashenko (P)2023 Audible Australia Pty Ltd.

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excellent !

I was waiting for this book, but it is so much better than I could have imagined. beautiful. funny, real life, history done the best way possible and setting a new high bar. listen to this book, you will enjoy it and never forget it. amazing.

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Beautiful

Beautiful, funny and heartbreaking, how it can be all these things is the talent of Melissa Lucashenko. Beautiful language, I hope I paid respectful truth listening, will resonate with me for a long time and open up other truth listening opportunities 💕

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Compelling listening

Really enjoyed this and learnt a lot about the Indigenous people and land of South East Queensland as well as early settlers. Some hard truths to hear, and I shed a few tears. Love Melissa Lucashenko's style of storytelling.

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Moving

Such a tragic yet beautiful story. Melissa Lucashenko is a born storyteller. Should be read by all.

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Brilliant. Should be on the high school curriculum.

I grew up in Brisbane. Listening to Edenglassie, I kept visualising the places I’m familiar with along the river, and I know I will never see them without this history and this story running through my mind. Thankyou Melussa Lucashenki, and thank you Ursula Yovich for your sensitive reading reading.

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Perfect novel and reading

This is an extraordinary novel. It moves through different time periods between the present and 1850s post colonisation Brisbane. Lucashenko said that there needs to be more truth-listening- and this book is perfect in telling more truths about colonisation and English savagery. There is so much I love about this book. It has every emotion in it-it has love stories, bloody deaths, murders, births. The characters are all so real. I love the nuance. It is hard to read of the brutal truths and savagery towards the Aboriginal people. The book is so instructive on history, law and lore. It is full of colonising bastardry, grief and humour. It is perfectly crafted, and part of the joy I had in reading the text and listening to it was the perfection of every line. It is so beautifully rendered, that the language usage is exalting. The reading by Ursula Yovich is fantastic and brings too much to the text. She is a very good reader. Not only does she do the accents well, but she reads technically perfectly, bringing the text to life. I found her extremely impressive and enjoyable. I gained something from listening to her read, particularly with the sections in Yagara and other languages.
This is a perfect book. It would be a fantastic book to set for study in English for Year 10 and above.

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Brilliantly told story

Beautifully written and narrated, this book really helped me to see through Indigenous eyes and to learn something of the real history of their land.

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Wonderful Read.

You’ve done it again Melissa! What a well written and beautifully crafted story of our city’s lesser know history. Thank you for telling the story as only you could do.

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So clever and enthralling

Such a engrossing way to tell some of Australia’s colonial history. I loved the characters. Such an intelligent way to explore contemporary racism, colonial legacy and Aboriginal identity. There are lessons here for us all. Bravo!

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Unforgettable

This wonderful book helps us leap the unimaginable gap between past and present.
What can it have been like when colonisers arrived? What was it like, the world that is now lost? How did people live and love in those times? If we can imagine it, then maybe we can understand the loss and the sorrow of it. Its just beneath the surface all the time in Australia, that loss ….
All the threads of the past come together in a gorgeous tale set in the present, full of larger than life characters, and plenty of wicked humour. That said, this big-hearted story is Truthtelling 101. So listen.

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