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Just tell the truth and someone will hear it eventually.

The yield in English is the reaping, the things that man can take from the land. In the language of the Wiradjuri yield is the things you give to, the movement, the space between things: baayanha.

Knowing that he will soon die, Albert ‘Poppy’ Gondiwindi takes pen to paper. His life has been spent on the banks of the Murrumby River at Prosperous House, on Massacre Plains. Albert is determined to pass on the language of his people and everything that was ever remembered. He finds the words on the wind.

August Gondiwindi has been living on the other side of the world for ten years when she learns of her grandfather’s death. She returns home for his burial, wracked with grief and burdened with all she tried to leave behind. Her homecoming is bittersweet as she confronts the love of her kin and news that Prosperous is to be repossessed by a mining company. Determined to make amends she endeavours to save their land – a quest that leads her to the voice of her grandfather and into the past, the stories of her people, the secrets of the river.

Profoundly moving and exquisitely written, Tara June Winch’s The Yield is the story of a people and a culture dispossessed. But it is as much a celebration of what was and what endures, and a powerful reclaiming of Indigenous language, storytelling and identity.

Reviews

A groundbreaking novel for black and white Australia.

Richard Flanagan

Take courage when you read this book. You'll need it. Winch asks big questions of this country. Is the answer within us?

Bruce Pascoe

Mesmerising and important.

Melissa Lucashenko

The Yield by Tara June Winch: This could be the most exciting novel of the year. We’ve waited more than ten years since Swallow the Air, and in The Yield Tara has given us a stunning and exquisitely written story, reclaiming her indigenous language in the most original way.

David Gaunt, Gleebooks Gleaner

The Yield sings up language, soil, home, blood - all the important stuff.

Paul Kelly

A work of immense scope and sensitivity.

Jessie Cole

A beautifully written novel that puts language at the heart of remembering the past and understanding the present.

Kate Morton

Nothing short of a landmark Australian novel, simultaneously timeless and yet urgently a story for now, with sentences that’ll knock the wind out of your gut.

Benjamin Law

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  • Trade Paperback

    9780143785750

    July 2, 2019

    Hamish Hamilton

    352 pages

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    9781760143671

    July 2, 2019

    Penguin eBooks

    352 pages

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