Andrew McGahan’s THE WHITE EARTH
Updated: Aug 19, 2019
THE WHITE EARTH was originally published in 2004 and won the Miles Franklin Award in 2005. It is set on the Darling Downs in Queensland and is about a young boy, William, who must go and live with his estranged uncle after his father is killed by a bushfire. His uncle owns a large cattle station and homestead that is now in a state of disrepair. The uncle seemingly has no heirs to the property and wants to educate William about the history of the land and the homestead in the hope that he can pass the property onto him. Through the uncle we learn about the history of the land and all its inhabitants.