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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 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

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"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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Spellbinding and special

Perfect narration of a breathtaking and haunting novel. Unable to put it down. This is a must read.

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