It's Raining in Mango (Popular Penguin)
Wresting his family from the easy living of 19th-century Sydney, Cornelius Laffey takes them to northern Queensland where thousands of hopefuls are digging for gold in the mud. They confront the horror of Aboriginal dispossession, and Cornelius is sacked for reporting the slaughter. This is an unforgettable tale of the other side of Australia's heritage.
Thea Astley is the author of The Well Dressed Explorer, The Slow Natives, The Acolyte, Drylands (all winners of the Miles Franklin Award), A Kindness Cup, Hunting the Wild Pineapple, Beachmasters, Reaching Tin River, and The Multiple Effects of Rainshadow.