When Indigenous lawyer Jasmine decides to take her mother, Della, on a tour of England’s revered literary sites, Jasmine hopes it will bring them closer together and help them reconcile the past.
Twenty-five years earlier the disappearance of Jasmine’s older sister devastated their tight-knit community. This tragedy returns to haunt Jasmine and Della when another child mysteriously goes missing on Hampstead Heath. As Jasmine immerses herself in the world of her literary idols – including Jane Austen, the Brontë sisters and Virginia Woolf – Della is inspired to rediscover the wisdom of her own culture and storytelling. But sometimes the stories that are not told can become too great to bear.
This book is a masterclass of when European literature meets the power of First Nations oral storytelling ... Larissa cements herself as one of our greatest storytellers.
A moving story of going far away to find home again - a beautiful, hopeful book.
A literary tour that speaks to the imagination, connecting the cannon of English literature to the lives of a mother and daughter whose own stories have been untold, Larissa weaves an exquisite tapestry that talks to our common humanity that lives within the stories we collect, treasure and share.
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Larissa is the author of three novels, for which she has most notably won the David Unaipon Award and the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Indigenous Writing. She is the host of Speaking Out on ABC radio and is Distinguished Professor at the Jumbunna Institute in Sydney.
University of Queensland Press (UQP)
For 70 years UQP has been at the forefront of innovative publishing. It has launched the careers of many great novelists, published contemporary poets, been a pioneering force in children’s and young adult publishing and has set the benchmark for award-winning scholarly and Black Australian writing.