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Issue Details: First known date: 2013 2013
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'When Jo Breen uses her divorce settlement to buy a neglected property in the Byron Bay hinterland, she is hoping for a tree change, and a blossoming connection to the land of her Aboriginal ancestors. What she discovers instead is sharp dissent from her teenage daughter, trouble brewing from unimpressed white neighbours and a looming Native Title war between the local Bundjalung families. When Jo unexpectedly finds love on one side of the Native Title divide she quickly learns that living on country is only part of the recipe for the Good Life.' (Source: TROVE)

Notes

  • Dedication: for my teachers
  • Epigraph: 'Thin love ain't love at all' - Toni Morrison, Beloved
  • Author's note: This novel is set mainly on the Arakwal lands of the Bundjalung Nation. Like the characters, however, the specific locations of Tin Wagon Road, Piccabeen and Lake Majestic are entirely fictional. They exist only in the author's imagination.
  • Other formats: also electronic resource.
  • Other formats: Also large print.
  • Other formats: Also e-book.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

Works about this Work

‘Ropes of Stories’ : Jean Rhys, Vivienne Cleven and Melissa Lucashenko Jessica Gildersleeve , 2015 single work criticism
— Appears in: Queensland Review , vol. 22 no. 1 2015; (p. 75-84)

'Cultural narratives also function as lifelines in the work of another Queensland Indigenous woman writer, Vivienne Cleven. Cleven's novel, Bitin’ Back (2001), begins when Mavis Dooley's son, Nevil, announces that he is no longer Nevil, but the writer Jean Rhys. Although Nevil eventually reveals that he has simply been acting as a woman in order to understand the protagonist of the novel he is writing, his choice of Rhys in particular is significant. Nevil selected Jean Rhys as a signifier of his female role because, he explains:

She's my favourite author; she wrote Wide Sargasso Sea [1966]. She was ahead of her time; she wrote about society's underdogs; about rejection and the madness of isolation. I know it sounds all crazy to you, Ma, but this is about who I am . . . [A] lot of people would never understand me and they wouldn't want to. (2001: 184)' (Publication abstract)

Brisbane Writers the Last Word in Talent Sally Browne , 2014 single work column
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 1 May 2014; (p. 50)
Melissa Lucashenko Wins Victorian Literary Award 2014 single work column
— Appears in: National Indigenous Times , 10 September 2014; (p. 19)
'Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Tim Bull last awarded the Victorian Premier's Literary Award for Indigenous Writing to Melissa Lucashenko at an awards ceremony at the Wheeler Centre...'
Black Russian Susan Johnson , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 23-24 February 2013; (p. 16-18)
'Anger and humour dance side by side as author Melissa Lucashenko explores the complexities of identity.'
Melissa Lucashenko Susan Chenery (interviewer), 2013 single work interview
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 9 March 2013; (p. 19) The Sydney Morning Herald , 9-10 March 2013; (p. 28-29)
'While celebrating the Aboriginal connection with the land, this novelist doesn't shy away from confronting issues...'
Winning Words Fran Metcalf , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 27-28 July 2013; (p. 4-5)
Excerpt from Mullumbimby : Friday Night at the Nudgel Melissa Lucashenko , 2013 single work extract
— Appears in: Ora Nui : Special Edition : A Collection of Maori and Aboriginal Literature (p. 93-96)
Book Mark Katharine England , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 23 February 2013; (p. 34)

— Review of As the River Runs Stephen Scourfield 2013 single work novel ; Mullumbimby Melissa Lucashenko 2013 single work novel
Melissa Lucashenko : Mullumbimby James Tierney , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: The Newtown Review of Books , March 2013;

— Review of Mullumbimby Melissa Lucashenko 2013 single work novel
The Longing for Belonging Susan Chenery , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 9 March 2013; (p. 30)

— Review of Mullumbimby Melissa Lucashenko 2013 single work novel
Black and White Blurs as Mother Reclaims Her Country Lorien Kaye , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 13 April 2013; (p. 23) The Age , 13-14 April 2013; (p. 27) The Sydney Morning Herald , 13-14 April 2013; (p. 30-31)

— Review of Mullumbimby Melissa Lucashenko 2013 single work novel
Thorny Nests Tony Birch , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , May no. 351 2013;

— Review of Mullumbimby Melissa Lucashenko 2013 single work novel
New Australian Fiction Ed Wright , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 1-2 June 2013; (p. 21)

— Review of Losing February Susanna Freymark 2013 single work novel ; Mullumbimby Melissa Lucashenko 2013 single work novel ; Bay of Fires Poppy Gee 2013 single work novel ; Konkretion Marion Campbell 2013 single work novella
Review : Mullumbimby John Messick , 2013 single work
— Appears in: Antipodes , December vol. 27 no. 2 2013; (p. 225-226)

— Review of Mullumbimby Melissa Lucashenko 2013 single work novel
Melissa Lucashenko : Mullumbimby Anne Brewster , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 73 no. 3 2013; (p. 249-251)

— Review of Mullumbimby Melissa Lucashenko 2013 single work novel
Cracking Light on the Shadowlands of the Australian Landscape Emily Hastie , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Womens Book Review , vol. 25 no. 1 2013; (p. 34-35)

— Review of Mullumbimby Melissa Lucashenko 2013 single work novel
Book Mark Katharine England , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 23 February 2013; (p. 34)

— Review of As the River Runs Stephen Scourfield 2013 single work novel ; Mullumbimby Melissa Lucashenko 2013 single work novel
Melissa Lucashenko : Mullumbimby James Tierney , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: The Newtown Review of Books , March 2013;

— Review of Mullumbimby Melissa Lucashenko 2013 single work novel
The Longing for Belonging Susan Chenery , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 9 March 2013; (p. 30)

— Review of Mullumbimby Melissa Lucashenko 2013 single work novel
Black and White Blurs as Mother Reclaims Her Country Lorien Kaye , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 13 April 2013; (p. 23) The Age , 13-14 April 2013; (p. 27) The Sydney Morning Herald , 13-14 April 2013; (p. 30-31)

— Review of Mullumbimby Melissa Lucashenko 2013 single work novel
Thorny Nests Tony Birch , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , May no. 351 2013;

— Review of Mullumbimby Melissa Lucashenko 2013 single work novel
New Australian Fiction Ed Wright , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 1-2 June 2013; (p. 21)

— Review of Losing February Susanna Freymark 2013 single work novel ; Mullumbimby Melissa Lucashenko 2013 single work novel ; Bay of Fires Poppy Gee 2013 single work novel ; Konkretion Marion Campbell 2013 single work novella
Review : Mullumbimby John Messick , 2013 single work
— Appears in: Antipodes , December vol. 27 no. 2 2013; (p. 225-226)

— Review of Mullumbimby Melissa Lucashenko 2013 single work novel
Melissa Lucashenko : Mullumbimby Anne Brewster , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 73 no. 3 2013; (p. 249-251)

— Review of Mullumbimby Melissa Lucashenko 2013 single work novel
Cracking Light on the Shadowlands of the Australian Landscape Emily Hastie , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Womens Book Review , vol. 25 no. 1 2013; (p. 34-35)

— Review of Mullumbimby Melissa Lucashenko 2013 single work novel
Black Russian Susan Johnson , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 23-24 February 2013; (p. 16-18)
'Anger and humour dance side by side as author Melissa Lucashenko explores the complexities of identity.'
Melissa Lucashenko Susan Chenery (interviewer), 2013 single work interview
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 9 March 2013; (p. 19) The Sydney Morning Herald , 9-10 March 2013; (p. 28-29)
'While celebrating the Aboriginal connection with the land, this novelist doesn't shy away from confronting issues...'
Winning Words Fran Metcalf , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 27-28 July 2013; (p. 4-5)
Excerpt from Mullumbimby : Friday Night at the Nudgel Melissa Lucashenko , 2013 single work extract
— Appears in: Ora Nui : Special Edition : A Collection of Maori and Aboriginal Literature (p. 93-96)
Brisbane Writers the Last Word in Talent Sally Browne , 2014 single work column
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 1 May 2014; (p. 50)
Melissa Lucashenko Wins Victorian Literary Award 2014 single work column
— Appears in: National Indigenous Times , 10 September 2014; (p. 19)
'Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Tim Bull last awarded the Victorian Premier's Literary Award for Indigenous Writing to Melissa Lucashenko at an awards ceremony at the Wheeler Centre...'
‘Ropes of Stories’ : Jean Rhys, Vivienne Cleven and Melissa Lucashenko Jessica Gildersleeve , 2015 single work criticism
— Appears in: Queensland Review , vol. 22 no. 1 2015; (p. 75-84)

'Cultural narratives also function as lifelines in the work of another Queensland Indigenous woman writer, Vivienne Cleven. Cleven's novel, Bitin’ Back (2001), begins when Mavis Dooley's son, Nevil, announces that he is no longer Nevil, but the writer Jean Rhys. Although Nevil eventually reveals that he has simply been acting as a woman in order to understand the protagonist of the novel he is writing, his choice of Rhys in particular is significant. Nevil selected Jean Rhys as a signifier of his female role because, he explains:

She's my favourite author; she wrote Wide Sargasso Sea [1966]. She was ahead of her time; she wrote about society's underdogs; about rejection and the madness of isolation. I know it sounds all crazy to you, Ma, but this is about who I am . . . [A] lot of people would never understand me and they wouldn't want to. (2001: 184)' (Publication abstract)

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