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Terra Nullius

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Publisher's Summary

Highly Commended in the Victorian Premier's Literary Awards 2017

Longlisted for the Indie Book Award for Debut Fiction 2018

Longlisted for the Stella Prize 2018

Jacky was running. There was no thought in his head, only an intense drive to run. There was no sense he was getting anywhere, no plan, no destination, no future. All he had was a sense of what was behind, what he was running from. Jacky was running.

The Natives of the Colony are restless. The Settlers are eager to have a nation of peace, and to bring the savages into line. Families are torn apart, reeducation is enforced. This rich land will provide for all.

This is not Australia as we know it. This is not the Australia of our history. This Terra Nullius is something new, but all too familiar.

This is an incredible debut from a striking new Australian Aboriginal voice.

©2018 Claire G. Coleman (P)2018 Hachette Australia Audio

Critic Reviews

"The truth that lies at the heart of this novel is impossible to ignore." (Books+Publishing)

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A slow start to a much needed story

While I found the story slow for the first half of the book the later half had me fully engaged. I came across this book as a science fiction fan but leave it as a true fan of the author. At times the truths told through fiction were hard for me to hear but the perspective of the colonised is something White Australia desperately needs to listen to.

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just alright

didn't love it, couldn't finish it but also didn't hate it. Just didn't catch my attention.

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Amazing

This book was beautifully narrated - the use of Australian voice actors was so refreshing and added to the overall feel of the narrative. This book was a surprise and flipped my expectations of what the story would become - very clever and full of thought provoking metaphor and nuance. Highly recommend for everyone to read!

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Too weird for my liking

I bought this expecting historical fiction and got aliens halfway into the story. Too weird and not what I was looking for.

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  • 03-12-2019

Great way to tell the story of Australia

How do you tell stories in the digital age. Terra Nullius is an great way on how to tell a young and in fact any modern audience what happened in Australia during 18th, 19th and beginning of 20th centuries. Humanity has come a long way since then. But how do you engage audiences with these type of historical topics? Terra Nullius is the answer.

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Exceptional performance, great book

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how after the story is revealed to be science fiction, Coleman infodumps on several occasions through the excerpts to start chapters. It really pulled me out of the story to be told history of the invasion in such massive blocks. I wanted to wonder at it and uncover what was going on myself through the story rather than just being told.

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A story for every Australian

This work is extraordinary. The story is not what you think but will make you ponder the invasion of Australia that caused the deaths of tens of thousands.

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Entertaining but needed more subtlety

The story and the characters were entertaining, however the unsubtle connection between the toad invasion of Earth and the British invasion of Australia took away from the story, a more muted connection, allowing the reader to draw conclusions and links would have been more effective.

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An absolute must read

This books gives a new perspective on what it means to be an Australian. It is an eye opener for even the most tunnel visioned rigid minds

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Best twist in ages

Coleman’s critique of colonialism takes a firm place amongst writers like Octavia Butler & Ursula LeGuin. The twist is a mind blowing, challenging burn & a perfect example of why books continue to hold a place in storytelling. Bravo.

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  • 03-12-2018

amazing

this book is amazing. I urge you to go into not knowing too much. highly recommended