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Publisher's Summary

A searing new novel from leading Indigenous storyteller Tony Birch that explores the lengths we will go to in order to save the people we love. 

Odette Brown has lived her whole life on the fringes of a small country town. After her daughter disappeared and left her with her granddaughter Sissy to raise on her own, Odette has managed to stay under the radar of the welfare authorities who are removing fair-skinned Aboriginal children from their families. 

When a new policeman arrives in town, determined to enforce the law, Odette must risk everything to save Sissy and protect everything she loves. 

In The White Girl, Miles Franklin short-listed author Tony Birch shines a spotlight on the 1960s and the devastating government policy of taking Indigenous children from their families.

©2019 Tony Birch (P)2019 W.F. Howes Ltd

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Loved every minute of this book

Well worth the read. Every Australian should read it to understand the strength and connection to country that indigenous Australians have. We are all people and have equal responsibility to do our best to preserve and promote the world’s oldest culture.

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Poignant and touching.

Important story well narrated. Beautiful imager and strong characters. Very real. Always was, always will be Aboriginal Land.

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Essential Reading

Essential reading for anyone who wants to make a beginning on understanding about just some of what First Nations People have been through since colonisation. A tale of love, kinship, resilience and solidarity.

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Great insight into indigenous history in Aus

Easy to listen to story about a time that was more prevalent in our history than we cared to admit. It has such strong endearing characters. Enjoyed every minute of it

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A Beautiful Story

A beautiful telling of the tragic history of colonisation - the devastation, control and violence it reigned in the lives of Indigenous Australians.

Tony Birch is a beautiful writer. His ability to write stories through women speaks of a deep connection to and understanding of the women he has shared his life with.

Every Australian should read this story.

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Great read of history in Australia shame on us.

Love it great story. history in the making of white Australia. So glad l was not brought up in that era, not a time to be proud of a lot to answer for.

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Amazing

This is a really wonderful book. I would definitely recommend it! The story so often not told is so important!

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A story every Australian needs to read

This is a story every Australian needs to read, whether or not you've experienced circumstances relayed in the novel, it gives you a deeper understanding of Australia's cultural history and existing trauma.

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Heartbreaking

This book is absolutely heartbreaking but fabulous! It gives a glimpse into the Stolen Generations and the strength, tenacity and love of those who fought to keep their families together.

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Very moving

I enjoyed the story and listening to it really added to my enjoyment, it took me on a journey and through a mixture of emotions.

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