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The Lamb Enters the Dreaming traces the life of Nathanael Pepper of the Wotjobaluk people, who was born as the first pastoralists were driving cattle and sheep into Victoria's Wimmera region. In their wake came Christian missionaries, who were just as hostile to the settlers' violence as they were to the traditional beliefs of Aboriginal people. The extraordinary story of Pepper's conversion to Christianity in 1860, and his subsequent attempts to reconcile the apparently irreconcilable, reveals much about the deeper symbolic and moral forces at work in this collision of cultures.

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Praise for Lamb Enters the Dreaming:

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'Elegant and engaging, wide-ranging and wise.'— John Hirst

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'Sparkles with wit and intelligence … the scholarship is most impressive.'

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— Henry Reynolds

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  • Paperback

    9781921640476

    March 29, 2010

    Scribe Publications (Adult)

    400 pages

    RRP $29.99

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Awards and Recognition

  • 2008
    Prime Minister's History Award
    Winner
  • 2008
    Prime Minister's History Award
    Winner
  • 2008
    Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature
    Shortlisted
  • 2008
    Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature
    Shortlisted