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The Tall Man

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Death and Life on Palm Island

by Chloe Hooper
Paperback
Publication Date: 09/09/2009
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The story of a death, a policeman, an island and a country.

The Tall Man is the story of Palm Island, the tropical paradise where one morning Cameron Doomadgee swore at a policeman and forty minutes later lay dead in a watch-house cell.

It is the story of that policeman, the tall, enigmatic Christopher Hurley who chose to work in some of the toughest and wildest places in Australia, and of the struggle to bring him to trial. Above all, it is a story in luminous detail of two worlds clashing – and a haunting moral puzzle that no reader will forget.

Selected for 'Best books of the year' lists by Ali Smith, Colm Tóibín, Matt Condon, Peter Carey, Salon.com, The Globe & Mail and Dwight Garner in The New York Times.

ISBN:
9780143010661
9780143010661
Category:
True crime
Format:
Paperback
Publication Date:
09-09-2009
Publisher:
PENGUIN BOOKS AUSTRALIA
Country of origin:
Australia
Pages:
288
Dimensions (mm):
198x131x21mm
Weight:
0.21kg
Chloe Hooper

Chloe Hooper won a Walkley Award for her writing on the inquest into the death of Cameron Doomadgee, published in The Monthly and internationally.

Her first novel, A Child's Book of True Crime, was critically acclaimed around the world. Chloe's most recent book, The Tall Man, won the 2009 New South Wales Premier's Literary Award for Non-fiction and the 2009 ABIA General Non-fiction Book of the Year Award. She lives in Melbourne.

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5 / 5 (1 Ratings)
  • Spotted error but great writing

    by on

    Page 12 an error.

    Indigenous Australians were granted citizenship BEFORE 1967. Albert Namatjira became a citizen in 1954 - 6 years after the first Australian citizenship ceremony in 1949. The 1967 referendum was about granting all Aboriginals (regardless of wether they’d taken out citizenship) rights to government welfare, pension etc.

    But apart from that - thoroughly enjoying the book!