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Swallow the Air

Narrated by: Tamala Shelton
Length: 2 hrs and 34 mins
4 out of 5 stars (54 ratings)

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When May’s mother dies suddenly, she and her brother Billy are taken in by Aunty. However, their loss leaves them both searching for their place in a world that doesn’t seem to want them. While Billy takes his own destructive path, May sets out to find her father and her Aboriginal identity.  

Her journey leads her from the Australian east coast to the far north, but it is the people she meets, not the destinations, that teach her what it is to belong.   

Swallow the Air is an unforgettable story of living in a torn world and finding the thread to help sew it back together.  

Winner of the David Unaipon Award for Indigenous Writers.

©2006 Tara June Winch (P)2019 Audible Australia Pty Ltd.

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Extraordinary

One of the most lyrical descriptions of aboriginal loss and a book all Australians should read. Absolutely beautiful.

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Australian brilliance. Masterpiece.

Wow. Just wow! This story took me on a brilliant literary journey of a people and their land.... that i know little about. The characters lay bare the soul of a people robbed of almost everything except kinship. Written perfection. Narrator ...wonderful! . 10/10 Thank you Tara and Temala. SUPERB.

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Beautifully written

A finely written description of a young girl's determination to find her people when her less than idyllic life disastrously spirals toward oblivion when her mother succumbs to her own demons and the girl takes a semblance of control ... Shamefully raw and unsavoury truth of Aboriginal displacement and mistreatment, and her attempt to find herself, her place and her people. Altogether a theme unfortunately all too prevalent in Australia.

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Slow and hard to get into.

has some nice moments but I found it a bit slow. it didnt keep me hooked. stopped 30min from the end.