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Dancing with Strangers

Dancing with Strangers

Inga Clendinnen

  • awardWinner, Kiriyama Prize, 2004
  • awardWinner, NSW Premier’s Literary Awards, 2004
  • awardWinner, Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards, Best History Book, 2004
  • awardShortlisted, Age Book of the Year, 2004
  • awardShortlisted, Courier-Mail Book of the Year, 2004
  • awardShortlisted, Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards, 2004
  • awardShortlisted, Westfield/Waverley Library Award for Literature, 2004
  • In January 1788 the First Fleet arrived in New South Wales and a thousand British men and women, some of them convicts and some of them free, encountered the people who would be their new neighbours—the beach nomads of Australia.

    ‘These people mixed with ours,’ wrote a British observer soon after landfall, ‘and all hands danced together.’

    What followed would shape relations between the peoples for the next two centuries.

    Inga Clendinnen
    About the Author

    Inga Clendinnen was born in Geelong in 1934. Her early books and scholarly articles on the Aztecs and Maya of Mexico earned her a reputation as one of the world’s finest historians. Reading the Holocaust, Tiger’s Eye and Dancing with Strangers have been critically acclaimed and won a number of local and international awards.

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    ‘I cannot imagine that a more vivid or beguiling account of the origins of British Australia will ever be written…an extraordinary achievement.’

    ‘Because we know the outcome, the story has a deep poignancy. But Clendinnen does not just plod through the familiar sad story of oppression. Hers is a lyrical account that draws us into its passionate heart.’

    ‘Wonderfully brave and stylishly written…sometimes provocative, but startling in the way it entertainingly refreshes our history.’

    ‘A masterful book, elegantly conceived and written with narrative brilliance. Clendinnen is witty, incisively poetic and flawed with humanity.’

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    • Dancing with Strangers
      ISBN: 9781921776519
      24 March 2005
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