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Daisy Bates in the Desert
About the book
  • Published: 22 February 2011
  • ISBN: 9781407073804
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 240

Daisy Bates in the Desert




In 1913, when she was 54 years old, Daisy Bates went to live in the deserts of South Australia. And there she stayed, with occasional interruptions, for almost 30 years. She left a detailed record of her life in her letters, her published articles, her book THE PASSING OF THE ABORIGINES, and in notes scribbled on paper bags, old railway timetables and even scraps of newspaper. But very little of what this strange woman tells about herself is true. For her there were no boundaries separating experience from imagination; she inhabited a world filled with events that could not have taken place, people she had never met. In DAISY BATES IN THE DESERT Julia Blackburn explores the ancient and desolate landscape where Mrs Bates says she was most happy. There are meetinmgs with the Aborigines and whites who knew her, and slowly the facts of her life are allowed to emerge. . . .

  • Pub date: 22 February 2011
  • ISBN: 9781407073804
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 240

About the Author

Julia Blackburn

Julia Blackburn has written six books of non-fiction, a family memoir, The Three of Us, which won the 2009 J.R. Ackerley Award, and two novels, The Book of Colour and The Leper’s Companions, both of which were shortlisted for the Orange Prize. She lives in Suffolk and Italy.

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