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The Multiple Effects of Rainshadow

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Thea Astley

  • awardWinner, The Age Book of the Year Fiction Award, 1996
  • Introduction by Chloe Hooper

    There are distant shouts, rifle shots, the pounding of feet across the bridge, the sound of running. A woman’s scream carves the night then bubbles away.

    In 1930 the superintendent of a mission on a Queensland island, driven mad by his wife’s death, goes on a murderous rampage. Fearing for their lives, the other whites arm a young Indigenous man and order him to shoot Uncle Boss dead. The Multiple Effects of Rainshadow traces the lead-up to this bloody showdown and the repercussions in the years after—for Aboriginal people and the colonial overseers.

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    About the Author

    Thea Astley was born in Brisbane in 1925. Her first novel, Girl with a Monkey, was published in 1958 and her third, The Well Dressed Explorer (1962), won the Miles Franklin Literary Award. Many notable books followed, among them the groundbreaking A Kindness Cup (1974), which addressed frontier massacres of Indigenous Australians, and It’s...

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    30 April 2018
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    Praise for Thea Astley
    andThe Multiple Effects of Rainshadow

    ‘Passion, brilliance and originality.’

    ‘Formidable…Uniquely provocative, acerbic and glittering.’

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    • The Multiple Effects of Rainshadow
      ISBN: 9781925626605
      30 April 2018
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