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'Betrayed by her husband, Annabelle Beck retreats from Melbourne to her old family home in tropical North Queensland where she meets Bo Rennie, one of the Jangga tribe. Intrigued by Bo's claim that he holds the key to her future, Annabelle sets out with him on a path of recovery that leads back to her childhood and into the Jangga's ancient heartland, where their grandparents' lives begin to yield secrets that will challenge the possibility of their happiness together.' - Publisher's blurb.

Reading Australia

This work has Reading Australia teaching resources.

Unit Suitable For

AC: Year 12 (English Unit 3)

Themes

Aboriginality, connection to place, family relationships, Indigenous, interracial, journey, past, reconciliation

General Capabilities

Critical and creative thinking, Ethical understanding, Information and communication technology, Intercultural understanding, Literacy, Personal and social

Cross-curriculum Priorities

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures

Notes

  • Featured by the BIG Book Club, an initiative supported by The Advertiser in partnership with Arts SA, The Australia Council for the Arts, Channel 7 and FIVEAA to promote a love of reading, discussion and literature, October 2003.
  • Dedication: To Stephanie, and to the real Bo and Annabelle, whose story this is.
  • Epigraph: 'A ruling class always remains slightly barbaric' (Robert Musil).
  • Other formats: Also sound recording.
  • Other formats: Also large print.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Crows Nest, North Sydney - Lane Cove area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney,: Allen and Unwin , 2002 .
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      Extent: 364p.
      Edition info: 2nd Edition, 2003.
      ISBN: 1865086193
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      Extent: 364p.
      ISBN: 0340766913
    • Allen and Unwin , 2003 .
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      Extent: 364p.
      ISBN: 174114146X (pbk)
    • Crows Nest, North Sydney - Lane Cove area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney,: Allen and Unwin , 2013 .
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      Extent: 372p.
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      • Published 15 November 2013
Alternative title: Potovanje v kamnito dezelo
Language: Slovenian
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      Slovenia,
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      Ex Yugoslavia,
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      Eastern Europe, Europe,
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      Extent: 414p.
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      • Series: Zbirka Srebrne niti
      ISBN: 9789616630320 9616630326

Works about this Work

y White Apology and Apologia : Australian Novels of Reconciliation Liliana Zavaglia , Amherst : Cambria Press , 2016 10291354 2016 multi chapter work criticism

'This book takes as its subject a body of recent fiction by white liberal writers produced in the wake of the profound cultural, political and legal transformations that have taken place in the field of Indigenous rights since the 1990s. Two milestones of this period are the High Court of Australia’s Mabo ruling on June 3, 1992, and the Rudd Labor Government’s national Apology to Australia’s Indigenous Peoples on February 13, 2008. The novels explored in this study are Alex Miller’s Journey to the Stone Country (2002) and Landscape of Farewell (2007), Andrew McGahan’s The White Earth (2004), Kate Grenville’s The Secret River (2005) and Gail Jones’ Sorry (2007). Each of these novels was written in the period between 2002 and 2007. These were the years when the Indigenous rights and reconciliation movements had all but disappeared from the national political agenda through the interventions of the Howard Liberal Government. These works attempted to counter these silences as acts of literary activism, which strived to reignite the politically stalled processes of reconciliation. Through the medium of fiction, they kept Indigenous justice issues before the reading public, provoking discussion and stirring debate.

'White Apology and Apologia engages in close readings of the Mabo ruling, the national Apology and this body of fiction as a form of cultural history, which reflects important aspects of black/white relations in the past twenty-five years. Together, these legal, political and literary texts reveal a tension that arguably came to define this period. This tension fluctuates between a reconciliatory impulse of sorrow for Indigenous loss and the defensive desire to offer exits for white culture from the ongoing demands of a violent settlement history. Taking shape as twinned register of white longing, this conflicted cultural drive is the focus of this study.

'Each of these novels has had a significant reception and impact. All were shortlisted by the Miles Franklin Award with two taking out the coveted prize. While much critical attention has been given to their fictional explorations of reconciliation and the colonial past, this is the first study to focus on the novels as a collection of cultural artefacts from a brief but remarkable time in Australia’s recent history. In their attempts to explore Indigenous loss and dispossession, the novels can be seen as complex literary engagements with issues of the greatest moment in the contemporary public sphere. Together, they provide a significant snapshot of an ambivalent postcolonial culture in flux.

'Through an exploration of these important documents and texts of reconciliation, this study is able to offer symptomatic close readings of Australian liberal whiteness in the process of coming to terms with its troubling history. Providing new insights into how legal, historical, political, and literary discourses can influence each other in the quest for justice, White Apology and Apologia attempts to understand the relation between Australian literature and the culture that produced it. In the process it reveals the riven state of Australian postcolonial whiteness itself, which has been transformed by the legal, political and cultural shifts of the 1990s, yet which paradoxically resists its own deconstructions even as it longs for the dismantling of its own hegemony. The double movement of apology and apologia explored in this timely and important study is a startling reminder of the unresolved nature of the traumatized colonial legacy bequeathed to Australian settler culture by its history, and which continues to accompany white liberal discourse in its quest to heal its relations with the other.

'White Apology and Apologia is an important book for Australian literary and cultural studies collections.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

y Alex Miller's Journey to the Stone Country Bruce Pattinson , Seven Hills : Five Senses Education , 2016 10101424 2016 single work criticism
The Swinging Stirrup Iron : Murder Most Pastoral in Queensland Fiction Geoff Rodoreda , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: Journal of the European Association for Studies of Australia , vol. 5 no. 1 2014;

In the brief massacre scene at the end of David Malouf’s 1993 novel Remembering Babylon an unusual weapon of frontier murder is introduced to Australian narrative prose: the swinging stirrup iron. In Alex Miller’s 2002 novel, Journey to the Stone Country, the stirrup iron returns to wreak even more murderous havoc. The stirrup iron functions here to provide a symbolic link to the particularities of violence in colonial Queensland, for it specifically connects the iconic national figure of the cattleman/drover with the killing of Aboriginal people on the frontier. This article examines these texts, and, more briefly, other representations of the Australian cattleman in contemporary Queensland fiction, against a backdrop of recent historical research that reconfigures cattle and their human managers as central to the story of frontier murder and the stealing of Aboriginal land that constituted the colonisation of large parts of Australia, especially of Queensland, in the latter half of the nineteenth century.

An Ecocritical Interpretation of Home Consciousness in Journey to the Stone Country Du Yanping , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: Oceanic Literary Studies , December no. 1 2014; (p. 220-229)
Place and Property in Post-Mabo Fiction by Dorothy Hewett, Alex Miller and Andrew McGahan Kieran Dolin , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: JASAL , vol. 14 no. 3 2014;
'Drawing on concepts developed in legal geography and critical histories of property law, this paper considers the connection between legal and affective relations to place in white Australian fiction in the wake of the Mabo decision. In what ways does land ownership, and the rights accorded by property, influence attitudes to and understandings of place? To what extent might the Anglo-Australian law of property be inflected by Indigenous understandings of land and law? Three novels published in the years following the Wik Peoples case are examined, Dorothy Hewett's Neap Tide, Alex Miller's Journey to the Stone Country and Andrew McGahan's The White Earth, due to their overt engagement with post-Mabo law and politics. Through a study of fictional techniques, especially representations of race, space and law, the paper explores whether these novels contribute to the formation of a new understanding of land and justice in contemporary Australia.' (Publication abstract)
Feature Review Paul Genoni , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: JAS Review of Books , June no. 16 2003;

— Review of Journey to the Stone Country Alex Miller 2002 single work novel
Books Lucy Sussex , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 12 October 2003; (p. 9)

— Review of Journey to the Stone Country Alex Miller 2002 single work novel
Nerve and Trust Alan Gould , 2004 single work review
— Appears in: Quadrant , November vol. 48 no. 11 2004; (p. 89-91)

— Review of Journey to the Stone Country Alex Miller 2002 single work novel
Parable of Roads Taken Michael Sharkey , 2002 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian , 28-29 September 2002; (p. 10)

— Review of Journey to the Stone Country Alex Miller 2002 single work novel
Elusive Beauties Peter Pierce , 2002 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , October no. 245 2002; (p. 48-49)

— Review of Journey to the Stone Country Alex Miller 2002 single work novel
Miller Wins Top Literary Award for Second Time Jennifer Moran , 2003 single work column
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 13 June 2003; (p. 3)
Lie of the Land Proves No Hindrance to Author Susan Wyndham , 2003 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 13 June 2003; (p. 3)
Writer Finds More Miles to Go Bernard Lane , 2003 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian , 13 June 2003; (p. 3)
Miller Takes Literary Prize 2003 single work column
— Appears in: The West Australian , 13 June 2003; (p. 13)
The Miller's Tale Bernard Lane , 2003 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 14-15 June 2003; (p. 25)
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