Bobby Wabalanginy never learned fear, not until he was pretty well a grown man. Sure, he grew up doing the Dead Man Dance, but with him it was a dance of life, a lively dance for people to do together...
Told through the eyes of black and white, young and old, this is a story about a fledgling Western Australian community in the early 1800s known as the 'friendly frontier'.
Poetic, warm-hearted and bold, it is a story which shows that first contact did not have to lead to war.
It is a story for our times.
This special edition celebrates 40 years of Picador with one of Australia's finest literary reads. With 16 pages of extra content, including Reading Group notes, an interview and awards list, this special edition will make a valuable contribution to your bookshelf.
Winner for Miles Franklin Literary Award 2011.
Winner for Victorian Premier's Literary Award for Fiction 2011.
Winner for ALS Gold Medal 2011.
Winner for Western Australian Premier's Book Award Western Australian Premier's Prize 2010.
Winner for Western Australian Premier's Book Award Award for Fiction 2010.
Winner for Victorian Premier's Literary Award Victorian Prize for Literature 2011.
Winner for Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature Premier's Award 2012.
Winner for Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature Fiction Award 2012.
Winner for Commonwealth Writers Prize Best Book 2011.
Winner for Kate Challis RAKA Award 2011.