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Publisher's Summary

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 is 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.

When the town's secrets start to be uncovered, the town will be rocked by a violent act that forever shatters a century of silence.

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.

©2020 Nardi Simpson (P)2020 Hachette Australia Pty Ltd

Critic Reviews

"Song of the Crocodile is a moving, wise, deeply rewarding novel from an astonishing writer." (Emily Maguire, author of An Isolated Incident)

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Mesmerizing - heart breaking

This story is difficult to hear. It’s powerful raw language is confronting and honest.
I loved this book. The beautiful parallel of ancient tale thread through this heart breaking story is captivating.

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Beautiful tragic & hopeful

I loved this book. The story was terribly tragic but the author & narrator delivered with reassurance & elegance & loads of courage. Highly recommended!

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I couldn’t put this story down. It will stay with me and help me understand.

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Great story beautifully told

I fell in love with the characters immediately. They are beautiful, funny fully rounded people with so much to give that was taken away. I loved walking in this world. And a treat to have the author narrate.

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A exquisitely crafted raw story

A tale of 3 generations and thousands before them, that paints to life the richness, strength, pain and truth of many First Nation's peoples. Within it is a depth of love and belonging and loss.
Nardi's words are impeccably strung together to bring this story, woven with lore and spirit, to life. I loved that it was spoken by the author.

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Song of the Crocodile

This was an amazing, heartbreaking story that was really brought to life by the author’s narration. Thank you for sharing this with us.

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Deeply moving story of Aboriginal experience

There are an increasing number of extremely impressive Aboriginal writers and their stories that have appeared in recent years - but this has to be one of the best! It is beautifully written, eloquent, and deeply moving. The constant sense of threat and disharmony is balanced by community, shared identity, and the underlying bond to and with country and language.

Through a set of intertwined stories of the lives of Yuwaalaraay family members in a small, fictitious (but somewhat reflective) town, it reveals the injustices, power imbalances, and struggles of many. It sheds light on, and explores the depths and omni-presence of inter-generational traumas, that continue to mar this beautiful but violated continent.

Outstandingly written and read.
Deserves a re-read with hard-copy in hand!

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Beautiful & Tragic story

Beautifully written story but absolutely tragic at the same time. Racism & it’s lasting, ongoing legacy in Australia told with heartbreaking honesty. Beautifully written in real time & Dreamtime. Loved this book but deeply affected me as well.

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Authentic written straight from the heart

Absolutely beautiful lyrical story that hooked me in from the very beginning. Authentic written from the heart. Talented writer and beautiful narration.

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Powerful and heartbreaking

An incredibly powerful and evocative look at the way trauma is passed on, rippling through future generations. Very well written: I don’t know how, but every few chapters the narrative drew me in with a false sense of security, clinging onto hope for some reprieve for this family, only to shatter my heart into pieces yet again.

In the spirit of reconciliation, Audible Australia acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respect to their elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.