McKinty’s The Island is a page-turner, and often quite chilling and surprising in the turns it takes.
A book about an Irish hermit and priest who spent 47 years in the West Australian desert and opened cross-cultural religious dialogue with indigenous Australians.
Irish Australians varied enormously in their attitudes towards Indigneous Australians from friendship to violent dispossession.
… So it is a book about division. But I think it is also one about integration …
His light touch reflects his playful approach to a range of topics.
Actions by the ‘Whiteboys’ led Garrett Cotter into trouble and it was really only luck that found him on a convict ship bound for the colonies instead of the gallows
Plunkett’s appointment to this senior judicial post in the colony was the first appointment of a Catholic to a significant position of legal authority.
Malarndirri became immersed in the Yanyuwa/Garawa culture that was her birthright
The Aboriginal languages of Australia are infinitely older than either Irish or English