2022 ABIA Longlisted- Bila Yarrudhanggalangdhuray: River of Dreams by Anita Heiss – Our Review


Our Review…

‘Bila Yarrudhanggalangdhuray’ by Anita Heiss translates in english to ‘River of Dreams’ and is a must read for all Australians.

In 1838, an Indigenous man counsels the white settler to not build his house on the flood plain, but to no avail.

1852 in Gundagai, a powerful flood surges through the town and wipes away many lives and livelihoods, both human and beings. It is in this context we are invited into this magnificent story.

This book is ultimately about two strong and courageous women, and their very different but shared lives. Louisa who marries into the Bradley family and who in her well intended ignorance befriends Wagadhaany.

It is through this relationship we come to understand the deep darkness, and injustice of Indigenous people today that is embedded in our history. Littered throughout the book are many Indigenous words and references which add a true richness to the already profound story.

Easy to read and truly engaging, this is a fabulous book to broaden your understanding.

Review by Lydia @ Great Escape Books