About this book
William Buckley is chosen as a Cheshire village's Shick-Shack - an ancient fertility figure - in the year 1790. But the local landowner discovers the celebrations in the church and William is arrested and soon transported to New Holland. This powerful tale traces his life there, and how he becomes Murrangurk, law-giver and healer and holy man of the Aboriginal world. "There is a beautiful symmetry between ancient English customs and aboriginal ones... it shines with lyrical candour" Penny Perrick, "The Times. The Voice that Thunders", a collection of essays is also published this month.
This novel opens in Cheshire in the 1790s, with William Buckley being chosen as the village's Shick-Shack - an ancient fertility figure. But when the local landowner discovers the celebrations in church, William is arrested and sentenced to transportation to New Holland.