WINNER OF THE MILES FRANKLIN AWARD 2011
Big-hearted, moving and richly rewarding, That Deadman Dance is a fascinating, powerful portrait of Australia's earliest days.
That Deadman Dance is set in the first decades of the 19th century in the area around what is now Albany, Western Australia. In playful, musical prose, the book explores the early contact between the Aboriginal Noongar people and the first European settlers.
The novel's hero is a young Noongar man named Bobby Wabalanginy. Clever, resourceful and eager to please, Bobby befriends the new arrivals, joining them hunting whales, tilling the land, exploring the hinterland and establishing the fledgling colony. He is even welcomed into a prosperous local white family where he falls for the daughter, Christine, a beautiful young woman who sees no harm in a liaison with a native.
But slowly - by design and by accident - things begin to change. Not everyone is happy with how the colony is developing. Stock mysteriously start to disappear; crops are destroyed; there are "accidents" and injuries on both sides.
As the Europeans impose ever stricter rules and regulations in order to keep the peace, Bobby's Elders decide they must respond in kind. A friend to everyone, Bobby is forced to take sides: he must choose between the old world and the new, his ancestors and his new friends. Inexorably, he is drawn into a series of events that will forever change not just the colony but the future of Australia...
Winner of the ALS Gold Medal 2011
Winner of the WA Premier's Book Awards' Western Australia Premier's Prize 2010
Winner of the WA Premier's Book Awards' Award for Fiction 2010
Winner of the VIC Premier's Literary Awards' Victorian Prize for Literature 2011
Winner of the VIC Premier's Literary Awards' Prize for Fiction 2011
Winner of the Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature Premier's Award 2012
Winner of the Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature Fiction Award 2012
Winner of the Kate Challis RAKA Award 2011
Regional Winner of the Commonwealth Writer's Prize for Best Book 2011
Winner for Miles Franklin Literary Award 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 Victorian Premier's Literary Award for Fiction 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.
Join Kim Scott at the Margaret River Writers Festival event Calling Out the Past as he discusses uncovering the past and challenging elements of history as well as his award winning book TABOO.4:00 PM
Join Kim Scott at Margaret River Writers Festival as he discusses his latest book TABOO2:00 PM