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Issue Details: First known date: 2012... 2012 The Mind of a Thief
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'For 40,000 years the Central NSW area of Wellington was Aboriginal - Wiradjuri - land. Following the arrival of white men, it became a penal settlement, mission station, gold-mining town and farming centre with a history of white comfort and black marginalisation. In the late 20th century, it was also the subject of the first post-Mabo Native Title claim, bringing new hope - and new controversy - to the area and its people.

Wiradjuri land is also where author Patti Miller was born and, mid-life, it begins to exert a compelling emotional pull, demanding her return. Post-children, having lived a dream life in Paris, it is hard for her to understand, or ignore, and so she is drawn into the story at the heart of Australian identity - who are we in relation to our beloved but stolen country?

Wellington and the Wiradjuri people are the main characters - and in revealing their complex narratives, Patti uncovers her own. Are her connections to this place through her convict forefathers, or through another, secret history? She sets out on a journey of exploration and takes us with her. Black and white politics, the processes of colonisation, family mythologies, generational conflict and the power of place are evoked as Patti weaves a story that is very personal and, at the same time, a universal story of country and belonging.

The Mind of a Thief is about identity, history, place and belonging and, perhaps most of all, about how we create ourselves through our stories.' Source: http://uqp.com.au/ (Sighted 03/04/2012).

Notes

  • Dedication: For Connie Miller who was more inclined to read than work 1921-2010.

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y separately published work icon Exploring Issues of Identity and Belonging Bruce Pattinson , Seven Hills : Five Senses Education , 2014 9010570 2014 selected work criticism

'Study notes and a workshop approach to Ray Lawler's Summer of the Seventeenth Doll, Patti Miller's The Mind of the Thief, Mudrooroo's Wild Cat Falling, Anthony Fabian's Skin.' (Publication summary)

y separately published work icon Patti Miller's The Mind of a Thief Maude Ashton , Cheltenham : Insight Publications , 2014 6896287 2014 single work criticism

'Insight Text Guides are written by highly qualified specialists in the relevant area of literature or film. All writers are experienced teachers at secondary or tertiary level, and present clear, comprehensive and accessible analyses for students. This guide to Patti Miller’s text covers context and background, genre, narrative structure and style, language, characters and themes.' (Publisher's blurb)

y separately published work icon The Mind of a Thief : Patti Miller Angie Barillaro , Essendon North : Radiant Heart Publishing , 2013 9015612 2013 single work criticism
y separately published work icon The Mind of a Thief, by Patti Miller Angie Barillaro , Essendon North : Radiant Heart Publishing , 2013 8981836 2013 single work criticism
Patti Miller The Mind of a Thief. Reviewed by Anna Maria Dell’oso Anna Maria Dell'Oso , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: The Newtown Review of Books , March 2013;

— Review of The Mind of a Thief Patti Miller , 2012 single work autobiography
Same Home, Different Stories in a Search for the Self Stephen Gray , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 16-17 June 2012; (p. 32-33)

— Review of The Mind of a Thief Patti Miller , 2012 single work autobiography
Off the Shelf : Memoir Dianne Dempsey , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Saturday Age , 23 June 2012; (p. 30)

— Review of The Mind of a Thief Patti Miller , 2012 single work autobiography
Non Fiction Jane Fynes-Clinton , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 23 - 24 June 2012; (p. 23)

— Review of The Mind of a Thief Patti Miller , 2012 single work autobiography
Memoir Jennifer Peterson-Ward , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The West Australian , 21 July 2012; (p. 21)

— Review of The Mind of a Thief Patti Miller , 2012 single work autobiography
Native Title Not Black and White Peter Pierce , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 4-5 August 2012; (p. 33)

— Review of The Mind of a Thief Patti Miller , 2012 single work autobiography
Master-Mind of A Thief 2012 single work column
— Appears in: UQ News , September no. 603 2012; (p. 11)
Letter From Boy, 14, Inspires French's Prize-Winning Tale About Life in Nazi Germany Linda Morris , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 13 September 2013; (p. 12)
y separately published work icon Patti Miller's The Mind of a Thief Maude Ashton , Cheltenham : Insight Publications , 2014 6896287 2014 single work criticism

'Insight Text Guides are written by highly qualified specialists in the relevant area of literature or film. All writers are experienced teachers at secondary or tertiary level, and present clear, comprehensive and accessible analyses for students. This guide to Patti Miller’s text covers context and background, genre, narrative structure and style, language, characters and themes.' (Publisher's blurb)

y separately published work icon The Mind of a Thief, by Patti Miller Angie Barillaro , Essendon North : Radiant Heart Publishing , 2013 8981836 2013 single work criticism
y separately published work icon Exploring Issues of Identity and Belonging Bruce Pattinson , Seven Hills : Five Senses Education , 2014 9010570 2014 selected work criticism

'Study notes and a workshop approach to Ray Lawler's Summer of the Seventeenth Doll, Patti Miller's The Mind of the Thief, Mudrooroo's Wild Cat Falling, Anthony Fabian's Skin.' (Publication summary)

Last amended 12 Sep 2013 21:54:54
Subjects:
  • Wellington, Wellington area, Wellington - Dubbo - Narromine area, Central West NSW, New South Wales,
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