Hugely popular and award-winning author Anita Heiss’s new novel opens with a fictionalised account of 1852’s Gundagai floods, still Australia’s deadliest. But for the heroic efforts of Wiradyuri men Yarri and Jacky Jacky, the toll would have been much higher. Yarri’s daughter Wagadhaany survives the flood only to become an indentured slave to the settlers her father rescued. A nuanced examination of Black and White relations, a celebration of family and Country, and a literary celebration of the Wiradyuri language, Bila Yarrudhanggalangdhuray is Anita’s finest book yet.
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Dr Anita Heiss is an award-winning author of non-fiction, historical fiction, commercial women’s fiction, children’s novels and blogs, Professor of Communications at the University of Queensland and a proud member of the Wiradjuri Nation of central New South Wales.
Jared Thomas is a Nukunu person of the Southern Flinders Ranges. He is an international award-winning author and has also worked as the Curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art and Material Culture at the South Australian Museum.