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Too Much Lip

Narrated by: Tamala Shelton
Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
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Publisher's Summary

Winner of The 2019 Miles Franklin Literary Award.

Shortlisted for The Stella Prize, ABIA Literary Fiction Book of the Year, NSW Premier’s Literary Awards, Multicultural NSW Award.

Wisecracking Kerry Salter has spent a lifetime avoiding two things - her hometown and prison. But now her Pop is dying, and she’s an inch away from the lockup, so she heads south on a stolen Harley. Kerry plans to spend 24 hours, tops, over the border. She quickly discovers, though, that Bundjalung country has a funny way of grabbing on to people. 

Old family wounds open as the Salters fight to stop the development of their beloved river. And the unexpected arrival on the scene of a good-looking dugai fella intent on loving her up only adds more trouble - but then trouble is Kerry’s middle name.

Gritty and darkly hilarious, Too Much Lip offers redemption and forgiveness where none seems possible. 

©2018 Melissa Lucashenko (P)2019 W. F. Howes Ltd

Critic Reviews

“By turns elegantly descriptive and exquisitely affronting.... It is a challenge and a delight to read.” (Books + Publishing)

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Obvious and cheesy

Some of us “white fellas” have been friends with many indigenous kids at school and have heard about the dysfunctional families and the strategies put in place to survive in them. The whole family knew what was happening. Lots of the white families were just as miserable. The police surely can’t be as stupid as portrayed in this book. And it all ended happily ever after. Come on!

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gritty poetic vernacular

it takes a little while to settle into the voice of the book, but when you do the rugged wisdom of the main character and the well drawn net of family relations and tensions weaves a spell. a story seldom heard and worth hearing.

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Absolutely brilliant story!

A story full of raw love laughter pain that both holds together and tears apart an indigenous family. It’s brilliant and unflinching. And read to perfection by Tamara Shelton.
Read this book and discover the true meaning of ‘deadly’.

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Melissa moulds English language like putty

This lil white duck is buying a hard copy so she can read the author's talent for twisting the English language and aust. lingo into something that had me making all kinds of audible gasps, sniggers, giggles and roars of laughter. Plus a sprinkle of pulled heart strings etc. More please!

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Gripping and thought provoking

Good story, well read, although quite a number of mispronunciations. There many important issues to seriously reflect on.

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Captivating

This book is beautiful with a mesmerising pace and storyline that keeps you interested from the first paragraph

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Excellent writing

Well written and narrated. l have a better understanding of Aboriginal culture for having read this book. l enjoyed all the typically Australian references within the story.

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Beautifully honest

I loved this book and found that it truly resonates with indigenous experiences. I found the story compelling, intelligent and profoundly emotional.

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deadly

hard hitting insight into indigenous life and small town politics. the forces that shape people