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'1829, Tasmania.

'John Batman, ruthless, singleminded; four convicts, the youngest still only a stripling; Gould, a downtrodden farmhand; two free black trackers; and powerful, educated Black Bill, brought up from childhood as a white man. This is the roving party and their purpose is massacre. With promises of freedom, land grants and money, each is willing to risk his life for the prize.

'Passing over many miles of tortured country, the roving party searches for Aborigines, taking few prisoners and killing freely, Batman never abandoning the visceral intensity of his hunt. And all the while, Black Bill pursues his personal quarry, the much-feared warrior, Manalargena.

A surprisingly beautiful evocation of horror and brutality, The Roving Party is a meditation on the intricacies of human nature at its most raw.' (From the publisher's website.)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Crows Nest, North Sydney - Lane Cove area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: Allen and Unwin , 2011 .
      person or book cover
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      Extent: 282p.
      Note/s:
      • Publication date: May 2011.
      ISBN: 9781742376530

Works about this Work

'Gothic Splendours'? : Recent Tasmanian Historical Fiction Peter Pierce , 2015 single work criticism
— Appears in: Island , no. 142 2015; (p. 20-26)
Peter Pierce investigates recent 'Gothic' historical fiction set in Tasmania.
Colonialism, Racial Violence and Loss : The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith and The Roving Party Maureen Clark , 2015 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , 30 May vol. 30 no. 1 2015;

'Thomas Keneally’s The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith (1972) and Rohan Wilson’s The Roving Party (2011) resonate with the violence of the colonising process. The books relate, respectively, to murders that took place in New South Wales in 1901 just prior to Federation, and in Tasmania during the 1820s. Both novels employ elements of the Gothic mode to represent social disorder, and equate systematic racism with the mechanics of moral corruption in a hostile colonial environment. In their efforts to make sense of the past each, in its own way, has something to say about how opportunism and upward social mobility are linked to the possession of whiteness. Each taps into an historical frame of reference in which whiteness is understood, not simply as skin colour, but as something essential to the founding vision of Australia as a nation.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

The Strangeness of the Dance : Kate Grenville, Rohan Wilson, Inga Clendinnen and Kim Scott Alison Ravenscroft , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: Meanjin , Spring vol. 72 no. 4 2014; (p. 64-73)
'Alison Ravenscroft on the strange forms Indigenous history has taken in recent Australian fiction.'
Dark Arts Marc McEvoy , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 19-20 May 2012; (p. 30-31)
Youthful Winners Marc McEvoy , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Sun-Herald , 20 May 2012; (p. 19)
Fearless on the Frontier Geordie Williamson , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 30 April - 1 May 2011; (p. 20)

— Review of The Roving Party Rohan Wilson , 2011 single work novel
Review of the Week John Bailey , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 15 May 2011; (p. 20)

— Review of The Roving Party Rohan Wilson , 2011 single work novel
Engrossing from First Word Peter Pierce , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 21 May 2011; (p. 27)

— Review of The Roving Party Rohan Wilson , 2011 single work novel
Well Read Katharine England , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 14 May 2011; (p. 28)

— Review of The Roving Party Rohan Wilson , 2011 single work novel ; Past the Shallows Favel Parrett , 2011 single work novel
Review : Fiction Mary Philip , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 28 - 29 May 2011; (p. 24)

— Review of The Roving Party Rohan Wilson , 2011 single work novel
Fully Formed Rosemary Neill , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 23 - 24 April 2011; (p. 506)
To mark the thirtieth anniversary of The Australian / Vogel award, Rosemary Neill surveys the highs and lows of a prize that has launched the careers of many leading writers.
Beautiful Beginnngs Geordie Williamson , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 23 - 24 April 2011; (p. 18-19)
Geordie Williamson considers the enduring importance of the literary prize that has become the benchmark for finding new voices in Australian writing.
Aboriginal Massacre Story Honoured Marc McEvoy , 2011 single work column
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 28 April 2011; (p. 6)
Vogel Winner Follows in Contentious Footsteps Jason Steger , 2011 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 28 April 2011; (p. 7)
Insult to Victims Leigh Callinan , 2011 single work correspondence
— Appears in: The Saturday Age , 30 April 2011; (p. 20)
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