Wresting his family from the easy living of nineteenth-century Sydney, Cornelius Laffey takes them to northern Queensland where thousands of hopefuls are digging for gold in the mud. They confront the horror of Aboriginal dispossession, and Cornelius is sacked for reporting the slaughter. This is an unforgettable tale of the other side of Australia's heritage.
Source: Penguin Random House Australia.
Unit Suitable For
AC: Year 10 (NSW Stage 5). Also suitable for Year 11 or Year 12 Literature.
Aboriginality, Australian identity, belonging, connection to place, family relationships, generation gap, identity, isolation, love, memory, otherness, postcolonialism, racism
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures
'It’s Raining in Mango: Pictures from the Family Album was first published in 1987, on the eve of the bicentenary of white settlement in Australia, when many versions of the story of Australia were advanced and debated. Thea Astley’s book presents a family, the Laffeys, as a microcosm of the national story. It is a novel made up of stories told by Connie, an ageing woman, as she mulls over ‘pictures from the family album’, covering a period from the 1860s to the 1980s.' (Introduction)