The White Girl


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5.3 X 8.0 X 0.9 inches | 0.45 pounds

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About the Author

Tony Birch is the author of three novels--the bestselling The White Girl, which won the 2020 NSW New Premier's Literary Awards Indigenous Writer's Prize and was shortlisted for Australia's prestigious Miles Franklin Award; Ghost River, which won the Victorian Premier's Literary Award for Indigenous Writing; and Blood, which was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Award--as well the story collections Shadowboxing, which was Shortlisted for the 2006 Queensland Premier's Literary Awards-Australian Short Story Collection, Father's Day, The Promise, and Common People. In 2017, he was awarded the Patrick White Literary Award. Birch is a frequent contributor to ABC local and national radio, a regular guest at writers' festivals, and a climate justice campaigner. He lives in Melbourne, Australia.


The White Girl is a black and white story about Australian colonialism's malevolent legacies, and the courage, strength, and dignity of Indigenous resistance. It's a story about strong women, with whom Birch's life has been blessed. It is also a profound allegory of good and evil, and a deep exploration of human interaction, black and white, alternately beautiful and tender, cruel and unsettling.--The Guardian
The way Birch describes the day-to-day existence of his characters, so sweetly rendered, gives them a universal quality. The story is a truth even while the specifics of this novel are fiction, and this tale is a revelation of small details.--Sydney Morning Herald
[Tony Birch brings] a lifetime of knowledge about Australian history, social policy, and cultural identity to this book, a deceptively simple story about family love that is rich in humanity and purpose, and hope. The White Girl is worth your time and will reward you over and over again.--Australian Book Review
[The White Girl] explores the legacy and ongoing fallout of the Stolen Generation, and also touches on matters that are still pertinent and ongoing: the vulnerability of Indigenous women to sexual predation specifically, but on a larger scale, generational violence and toxic masculinity.--The Big Issue (Australia)
Birch's stories have always exuded a warm, lived-in feel, even in their bleakest moments, and in The White Girl his style reaches an apotheosis: there is a profound and rare clarity in the prose, and the pacing is excellent.--The Saturday Paper
The White Girl is approachable and fiercely readable, its linguistic and cultural power cloaked in deceptively simple language.--Sydney Review of Books
Tony Birch is a local treasure.--Jacinta Parsons
The White Girl is a tense and gripping important window into a shameful period of Australia's very recent history, and a wonderful celebration of strong Indigenous women. It's a book that I hugged to my chest after reading the final page.--Claire Nichols, The Book Show
Tony Birch is one of those writers who has mastered the art of storytelling... His latest novel The White Girl is no different--in fact the characters he creates and the plotlines he weaves are almost hyperreal--you know people like Odette Brown and her grandbaby Sissy.--Daniel Browning
Birch is a writer with a profound gift for language and human insight. He writers with razor's edge emotional clarity and empathy about people and place--especially on those Australian margins, rural and urban. The White Girl showcases his gift.--The Guardian