Author(s): David Malouf
"Winner of the 1996 International Impac Dublin Literary Award. In the 1840s, a ship's boy cast ashore in northern Australia is taken in by Aborigines. Sixteen years later he steps out of the bush and inadvertently confronts the new white settlers with their unspoken terrors. A picture of Australia at the time of its foundation, focused on the hostility between early British settlers and native Aboriginals. It is essentially the story of a boy caught between both worlds - the civilised and the primitive ."
DAVID MALOUF is the author of short story collections THE COMPLETE STORIES (winner of the Australia Asia Literary Award), DREAM STUFF ('These stories are pearls,' - Spectator) and EVERY MOVE YOU MAKE and of acclaimed novels including THE GREAT WORLD (winner of the Commonwealth Writers' and Miles Franklin Prizes) and REMEMBERING BABYLON (shortlisted for the Booker Prize and winner of the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award). His most recent work RANSOM was shortlisted The Age Book of the Year Award and the Qld Premier's Literary Award. He also writes poetry, drama and libretti for operas. Born and brought up in Brisbane, he lives in Sydney.