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ISBN: 9781921888793
Dimensions: C Format: 23x15.2cm
Pages: 352
Publication year: 2012
Publisher: Fremantle Press
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Red Dirt Talking

Written by Jacqueline Wright

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It’s build-up time in the north-western town of Ransom, just before the big wet, when people go off the rails.

In the midst of a bitter custody battle, an eight-year-old girl goes missing.

Annie, an anthropology graduate fresh from the city, is determined to uncover the mystery of the child’s disappearance.

As Annie searches for the truth beneath the township’s wild speculations, she finds herself increasingly drawn towards Mick Hooper, a muscly, seemingly laid-back bloke with secrets of his own.


‘… this is one of those rare novels that actually changes the way you look at the world.’ Weekend Australian

‘This is a contemporary drama inhabited by a motley crew of characters, crackling with dialogue and shot through with a wry sense of humour.’ Books+Publishing

’It’s easy to see why Red Dirt Talking won Jacqueline Wright the T.A.G. Hungerford award.’ GSM Magazine

‘… an insightful and wryly funny look at life in the remote Outback.’ Melissa Lucashenko

‘The characters who inhabit and walk through this story are very real people, with all the human strengths and weaknesses that make us who we are.’ Samuel Wagan Watson

‘Her finished product rings with authenticity.’ West Australian


T.A.G. Hungerford Award (Winner 2010)
Miles Franklin Literary Award (Longlisted 2013)
Dobbie Literary Award (Longlisted 2013)

Pages: 352
Publication Year: 2012
Publisher: Fremantle Press
ISBN: 9781921888793
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Jacqueline Wright

Dr Jacqueline Wright worked for many years as a teacher and linguist in the Pilbara and Kimberley on Indigenous Australian Aboriginal language, interpreting and cultural programs. In 2000 she took on the regional literature position promoting and developing literary activities and improving opportunities for writers in the north-west of Western Australia. She has worked at […]