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The Resource The Roving Party

The Roving Party

Label
The Roving Party
Title
The Roving Party
Statement of responsibility
Rohan Wilson
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Raw and hauntingly beautiful, a vivid reimagining of John Batman's infamous roving party that set out to hunt and kill the Aborigines of Tasmania. Winner of the 2011 Australian/Vogel's award.1829, Tasmania...John Batman, ruthless, singleminded; four convicts, the youngest still only a stripling; Gould, a downtrodden farmhand; two free black trackers; and powerful, educated Black Bill, brought up from childhood as a white man. This is the roving party and their purpose is massacre. With promises of freedom, land grants and money, each is willing to risk his life for the prize.Passing over many miles of tortured country, the roving party searches for Aborigines, taking few prisoners and killing freely, Batman never abandoning the visceral intensity of his hunt. And all the while, Black Bill pursues his personal quarry, the much-feared warrior, Manalargena. A surprisingly beautiful evocation of horror and brutality, The Roving Party is a meditation on the intricacies of human nature at its most raw.What the judges said:'I really, really am in awe of the amount of work that's gone into this...' Margo Lanagan'I'm still talking about this story to people long after finishing it - the spark in it...has stayed with me...' Cate Kennedy
Summary
"1829, Tasmania. John Batman, ruthless, single-minded; four convicts, the youngest still only a stripling; Gould, a downtrodden farmhand; two free black trackers; and powerful, educated Black Bill, brought up from childhood as a white man. This is the roving party and their purpose is massacre. With promises of freedom, land grants and money, each is willing to risk his life for the prize. Passing over many miles of tortured country, the roving party searches for Aborigines, taking few prisoners and killing freely, Batman never abandoning the visceral intensity of his hunt. And all the while, Black Bill pursues his personal quarry, the much-feared warrior, Manalargena. A surprisingly beautiful evocation of horror and brutality, The Roving Party is a meditation on the intricacies of human nature at its most raw"--
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Award
  • The Australian/Vogel Literary Award, 2011.
  • Margaret Scott Prize (Tasmania), 2013.
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Wilson, Rohan
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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  • Literature
Target audience
adult
Label
The Roving Party
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Publication
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Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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Isbn
9781742693316
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Specific material designation
optical disk
Label
The Roving Party
Publication
Control code
OVERDRIVE:1bf1922f-5280-4a7a-9eef-2ecbcd47a3f4
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9781742693316
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Specific material designation
optical disk

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