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ISBN: 9781760993467
Dimensions: B+ Format: 20.5x13.8cm
Pages: 424
Publication year: 2024
Publisher: Fremantle Press
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Benang: From the Heart

Written by Kim Scott

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Harley, a man of Nyoongar ancestry, finds himself at a difficult point in the history of his country, family and self. As the apparently successful outcome of his white grandfather’s enthusiastic attempts to isolate and breed the ‘first white man born’, he wants to be a failure. But would such failure mean his Nyoongar ancestors could label him a success? And how can the attempted genocide represented by his family history be told?


Benang is brilliant. It is a mature, complex, sweeping historical novel which will remind people of Rushdie, Carey and Grenville at their best. This is an absolute page turner and in the end we are left with a sense of joy and gratitude that such stories are still possible – that the silence has been broken.’ Sydney Morning Herald

‘… Benang soars to the level of superb storytelling with an emotional punch to the guts, not unlike Toni Morrison’s Beloved.’ Weekend Australian

‘Haunting and poignant, Benang pierces the heart even as it seeks to lance the savage bleeding of the wounds of white settlement in Australia.’ Canberra Times

‘I was attracted to Kim Sott’s writing not only for its rich approach to storytelling but also for the way he understood the power of colonial archive … He could use fiction to great effect.’ Tony Birch


Kate Challis RAKA Award (Winner 2001)
Miles Franklin Award (Winner 2000)
Queensland Premier’s Literary Award (Shortlisted 2000)
Tasmania Pacific Literary Award (Shortlisted 2001)
Dublin IMPAC Literary Award (Longlisted 2000)
Western Australian Premier’s Book Award Fiction Prize (Winner 1999)

Pages: 424
Publication Year: 2024
Publisher: Fremantle Press
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Kim Scott

Kim Scott is a descendant of people living along the south coast of Western Australia prior to colonisation, and is proud to be one among those who call themselves Noongar.  He began writing for publication when he became a teacher of English. He is currently based at Curtin University in Western Australia as Professor of Writing, in […]

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