Song of the Crocodile by Nardi Simpson (Book Review)

Darnmoor is a country town divided between the whites who live in town and the Indigenous families who live by the river. It’s a place of racial violence and atrocities are common. The book covers several generations of the Bilymil family as they find ways to function within the limitations that the settlers in town have put on them while remaining connected to their ancestors and land.

There are parts of this book which are so hard to read, horrible things happen. As, in some parts of Australia, more of the horrific history of this country is being revealed, it’s so necessary to have books like this. Nardi Simpson writes so beautifully, unafraid to tell these injustices and horrors.

Song of the Crocodile was shortlisted for the Victorian Premier’s Award (Indigenous Writing), the Indie Book Awards (Debut Fiction) and was Long-listed for the 2021 Stella Prize.

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