In Tony Birch’s new novel, The White Girl, matriarch Odette holds her light-skinned granddaughter Sissy close and tries to circumvent Removal policies by seeking anonymity in the city. But to cross her town’s borders, she needs the permission of its brutal new policeman – and state custodian of all Aboriginal people in his district – Sergeant Lowe. From one of Australia’s leading storytellers, Tony Birch’s The White Girl is an illuminating and eloquent meditation on family, strength and the misuse of power.
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Tony Birch is the author of books including Ghost River, which won the 2016 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Indigenous Writing, Blood, which was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Award, and his new book The White Girl. He lives in Melbourne and is a Senior Research Fellow at Victoria University.
Paul Daley is a Sydney-based author, journalist and essayist. His books have been shortlisted for major Australian literary awards and his journalism has won numerous prizes including two Walkley Awards and two Kennedy Awards.