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Issue Details: First known date: 2017... 2017 Terra Nullius
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'In the near future Australia is about to experience colonisation once more. What have we learned from our past? A daring debut novel from the winner of the 2016 black&write! writing fellowship.

''Jacky was running. There was no thought in his head, only an intense drive to run. There was no sense he was getting anywhere, no plan, no destination, no future. All he had was a sense of what was behind, what he was running from. Jacky was running.'

'The Natives of the Colony are restless. The Settlers are eager to have a nation of peace, and to bring the savages into line. Families are torn apart, reeducation is enforced. This rich land will provide for all.

'This is not Australia as we know it. This is not the Australia of our history. This TERRA NULLIUS is something new, but all too familiar.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

Notes

  • For Lily

    Always

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Sydney, New South Wales,: Hachette Australia , 2017 .
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      Extent: 304p.
      Note/s:
      • Published 29 August 2017.
      ISBN: 9780733638312, 9780733638329
    • Northampton, Massachusetts,
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      United States of America (USA),
      c
      Americas,
      :
      Small Beer Press ,
      2018 .
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      Extent: 320p.p.
      Note/s:
      • Includes reading group guide.

      ISBN: 9781618731517
    • Sydney, New South Wales,: Hachette Australia , 2019 .
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      Extent: 304p.
      Note/s:
      • Published: 25th June 2019
      ISBN: 9780733641923

Other Formats

  • Also dyslexic edition
  • Large print.
  • Sound recording.

Works about this Work

"For the Times They are a-changin'" : Developing Meaningful and Timely Reading Strategies for the Dystopian Genre Kirsten Hudson , 2020 single work criticism
— Appears in: Beyond the Dark : Dystopian Texts in the Secondary English Classroom 2020; (p. 35-63)
'Dystopia' : A History of the Genre in (and) Australia Amy Schoonens , 2020 single work criticism
— Appears in: Beyond the Dark : Dystopian Texts in the Secondary English Classroom 2020; (p. 8-34)
5 Australian Books That Can Help Young People Understand Their Place in the World Larissa McLean-Davies , Jessica Gannaway , Lucy Buzacott , Sarah E. Truman , 2019 single work column
— Appears in: The Conversation , 23 December 2019;
This article has recommendations for five Australian 'texts that connect with diverse teenagers’ experiences and interests.' 
And Still the Birds Sing Karen Wyld , 2019 single work review
— Appears in: Meanjin , Winter vol. 78 no. 2 2019; (p. 188-191)

— Review of The White Girl Tony Birch , 2019 single work novel ; Terra Nullius Claire G. Coleman , 2017 single work novel ; Catching Teller Crow Ambelin Kwaymullina , Ezekiel Kwaymullina , 2018 single work novel ; Too Much Lip Melissa Lucashenko , 2018 single work novel

'As some recently published works have shown, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander storytellers are continuing to embrace fiction-writing as a vessel for speaking truth to power. Constantly branching out into new genres—experimenting, fusing, transforming—there’s a noticeable increase in First Peoples speculative fiction being published in Australia.

With each line across the page, the colonial grip on the continent loosens. Fingers unclasp, story by story. Not all of these stories are from deep time—some are reimagined or even newly born—but they all carry power. Story-trails weave across paper and screen towards a common destination: truth-telling.'  (Introduction)

How Speculative Fiction Gained Literary Respectability Rose Michael , 2018 single work column
— Appears in: The Conversation , 2 November 2018;

'I count myself lucky. Weird, I know, in this day and age when all around us the natural and political world is going to hell in a handbasket. But that, in fact, may be part of it.

'Back when I started writing, realism had such a stranglehold on publishing that there was little room for speculative writers and readers. (I didn’t know that’s what I was until I read it in a reader’s report for my first novel. And even then I didn’t know what it was, until I realised that it was what I read, and had always been reading; what I wrote, and wanted to write.) Outside of the convention rooms, that is, which were packed with less-literary-leaning science-fiction and fantasy producers and consumers.'  (Introduction)

Unfathomably Larger Catherine Noske , 2017 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , December no. 397 2017; (p. 60)

— Review of Terra Nullius Claire G. Coleman , 2017 single work novel

'It is hard to review a novel when you don’t want to discuss two-thirds of it – not because it is not worth discussing, but because doing so risks undermining the genius of the novel’s structure. The blurb of Claire G. Coleman’s début makes clear that the novel is ‘not [about] the Australia of our history’, but for the first third of the novel, this is not readily apparent.' (Introduction)

[Review] Terra Nullius Robert Goodman , 2017 single work review
— Appears in: Aurealis , no. 105 2017;

— Review of Terra Nullius Claire G. Coleman , 2017 single work novel
And Still the Birds Sing Karen Wyld , 2019 single work review
— Appears in: Meanjin , Winter vol. 78 no. 2 2019; (p. 188-191)

— Review of The White Girl Tony Birch , 2019 single work novel ; Terra Nullius Claire G. Coleman , 2017 single work novel ; Catching Teller Crow Ambelin Kwaymullina , Ezekiel Kwaymullina , 2018 single work novel ; Too Much Lip Melissa Lucashenko , 2018 single work novel

'As some recently published works have shown, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander storytellers are continuing to embrace fiction-writing as a vessel for speaking truth to power. Constantly branching out into new genres—experimenting, fusing, transforming—there’s a noticeable increase in First Peoples speculative fiction being published in Australia.

With each line across the page, the colonial grip on the continent loosens. Fingers unclasp, story by story. Not all of these stories are from deep time—some are reimagined or even newly born—but they all carry power. Story-trails weave across paper and screen towards a common destination: truth-telling.'  (Introduction)

Terra Nullius First Book for Coleman 2017 single work column
— Appears in: Koori Mail , 23 August no. 658 2017; (p. 43)

'black&write! fellow Claire Coleman has released her first book Terra Nullius this month.' (Introduction)

Unearthing Hidden Histories : An Interview with Claire G. Coleman Samuel Elliott (interviewer), 2017 single work interview
— Appears in: Verity La , December 2017;
Claire G. Coleman on Terra Nullius 2018 single work interview
— Appears in: The Stella Interviews 2018;

'Claire G. Coleman is shortlisted for the 2018 Stella Prize for her speculative fiction novel Terra Nullius. In this special Stella interview, Claire shares some thoughts about the process of writing and how the novel came to be.' (Introduction)

Provocative, Political, Speculative : Your Guide to the 2018 Stella Shortlist Camilla Nelson , 2018 single work column
— Appears in: The Conversation , 11 April 2018;

'Six years ago, The Stella Prize burst onto the Australian literary scene with an air of urgency. The A$50,000 award was the progeny of the Stella Count – a campaign highlighting the under-representation of women authors in book reviews and awards lists. In the years since, the prize has challenged the gendered ways in which we think about “significance” and “seriousness” in literature.' (Introduction)

To Change the Dialogue : An Interview with Claire G. Coleman Robert Wood (interviewer), 2018 single work interview
— Appears in: Los Angeles Review of Books , August 2018;

'Claire G. Coleman is a Noongar writer from the south coast of Western Australia who has lived in Melbourne for most of her life. Her debut novel, Terra Nullius, won a Black & Write Indigenous Writing Fellowship before being shortlisted for the 2018 Stella Prize. It went on to win several other awards. Small Beer Press will publish Terra Nullius in North America on September 11th. We caught up to talk about the book and Claire’s practice as a whole.'

Source: Magazine blurb.

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