‘This is the most important book on Australia, and should be read by every Australian.’ – Marcia Langton, The Australian
Using the accounts of early European explorers, colonists and farmers, author Bruce Pascoe compellingly argues for a reconsideration of the hunter-gatherer label for pre-colonial Aboriginal Australians. Pascoe allows the reader to see Australia as it was before Europeans arrived – a land of cultivated farming areas, productive fisheries, permanent homes, and an understanding of the environment and its natural resources that supported thriving villages across the continent.
* Winner – Book of the Year in the 2016 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards
* Winner – Indigenous Writer’s Prize in the 2016 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards
* Shortlisted – History Book Award in the 2014 Queensland Literary Awards
* Shortlisted – 2014 Victorian Premier’s Award for Indigenous Writing