Catching Teller Crow by Ambelin and Ezekiel Kwaymullina
A totally addictive ghost story, crime story and thriller, from two of the most exciting Aboriginal voices in Australia.
WINNER: 2019 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards, Young Adult
Nothing’s been the same for Beth Teller since she died. Her dad, a detective, is the only one who can see and hear her – and he’s drowning in grief. But now they have a mystery to solve together. Who is Isobel Catching, and what’s her connection to the fire that killed a man? What happened to the people who haven’t been seen since the fire?
As Beth unravels the mystery, she finds a shocking story lurking beneath the surface of a small town, and a friendship that lasts beyond one life and into another. Told in two unforgettable voices, this gripping novel interweaves themes of grief, colonial history, violence, love and family.
‘Catching Teller Crow is an up-to-the-minute tale that goes straight to the heart of Australia’s darkest history. Through poetry and story, with great sensitivity, the Kwaymullinas pick up and deal with subjects most authors in this country find too hot to touch. Terrible crimes lie at the centre here; viewed through the eyes of young women of unquenchable spirit, they can be approached, examined, and ultimately solved.
A ghost story as well as a psychological thriller, Catching Teller Crow seamlessly weaves together the poetic and the everyday. A magnificent and life-giving novel.’ JUSTINE LARBALESTIER
‘A touching and original story about a dad who is learning how to grieve and a girl learning how to be dead. Together they work to solve the crimes denting holes in a small town.
‘Distinctly Australian…A highly anticipated novel, Catching Teller Crow can be compared to Alice Sebold’s The Lovely Bones and E Lockhart’s We Were Liars. This book will have a broad readership.’ Karen Wyld, Books + Publishing, 5 STARS ‘
Combining taut, intricate thriller with ancient Indigenous tales and the darker side of Australian history, this is a deeply poignant and original novel.’ The Guardian, UK