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Melissa Lucashenko is a Murri woman of European and Ygambeh/Bundjalung descent. She was born in Brisbane in 1967 and grew up on its southern outskirts. After working as a bar attendant, housepainter and martial arts instructor, she received an Honours Degree in Public Policy from Griffith University and has since lived in Canberra, Darwin, the Kingdom of Tonga and on the north coast of New South Wales. Her first book Steam Pigs won the l998 Dobbie Award for Women’s Fiction and was shortlisted for the l999 New South Wales Premier’s fiction award and the Commonwealth Writer’s Prize, First Published Book. Her next book Killing Darcy won the Children’s Book Council Award and the Royal Blind Society’s Talking Book Award for young readers. Hard Yards was published in 1999 and shortlisted in the 2002 Courier-Mail Best Book Award. In 2002 her fourth book Too Flash was launched by Jukurrpa Books. Excerpts from Steam Pigs and Hard Yards were chosen for Fresh Cuttings, UQP’s first anthology of Black Australian Writing, which will be released in October 2003.
Hard Yards
Hard Yards
Melissa Lucashenk...

Roo Glover has two highly desirable talents - he can fight, and he can run like the clappers. In the inner-city's harsh code there are losers and survivors, and Roo's a survivor. He's made it through ...

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Melissa Lucashenk...

A darkly funny novel of romantic love and cultural warfare from one of Australia’s most admired Indigenous voices.


Longlisted, 2015 IMPAC Dublin Literary Award

Winner, 2014 Victorian Premier's Literary Award – Indigenous Writing

Winner, 2013 Queensland Literary Award - Deloitte Fiction Book Award

Shortlisted 2014 Kibble Literary Award

Shortlisted 2013 Queensland Literary Awards, Courier-Mail Peoples Choice Queensland Book of the Year for Mullumbimby

Shortlisted 2013 Good Reading Magazine Top Fiction Read

Longlisted 2014 Miles Franklin Literary Award

Longlisted 2014 The Stella Prize