Read The Songmaster Online

Authors: Di Morrissey

The Songmaster

BOOK: The Songmaster
6.46Mb size Format: txt, pdf, ePub



  1. Title
  2. Copyright
  3. Acknowledgements
  4. The Start. . .
  5. Barwon
  6. Beth
  7. In Court
  8. Ardjani
  9. Yandoo
  10. The Artists
  11. The Group
  12. The Journey
  13. Marrenyikka
  14. To The Wandjina
  15. Rowena
  16. Omens
  17. Hunter
  18. Guyon Guyon
  19. Confessions
  20. Confrontation
  21. Custody
  22. Twelve Months Later. . .


‘A book all Australians who love their country must read . . . much more than an exciting novel . . . You’ll leave
The Songmaster
and the Kimberley with reluctance, a wiser and better person.’

‘Right from the start you know you’re in for a great read.
The Songmaster
is engaging, entertaining, escapist – a richly rewarding story from Australia’s leading popular fiction writer.’
The Women’s College, University of Sydney

‘It’s daring, it’s controversial, it’s a great story and it’s unputdownable . . . what more can I say about
The Songmaster
other than I wish I’d written it.’

The Songmaster
makes available in an entertaining and easily accessed cast of characters and events, the profound clash of cultures we all inherit. We would all benefit from the cathartic journey undertaken by Susan Massey.
The Songmaster
is a tale for our times.’

‘The Songmaster
will make an important contribution to the whole process of reconciliation between the original inhabitants of this land and those of us who have arrived more recently. My prayer is that many a reader will be moved by it.’
Archbishop of Perth and Metropolitan of Western Australia

‘A rollicking yarn about Aboriginal reconciliation? I’d like to read that! Well, here it is. A racy read, no pun intended. If you’ve been trying to fathom all those headlines about native title . . . do yourself a favour. Enjoy.’
TV presenter

‘A cultural experience which embodies the two laws governing Australia . . . this book is a must read for those of us who call Australia home.’
Deputy Dean, Faculty Aboriginal and Islander Studies, University of South Australia

Di Morrissey travelled to the Kimberley in 1996 to research
The Songmaster
and is indebted to the Ngarinyin people and their advisers for their assistance.

Australia’s most popular woman novelist, Di Morrissey is well known as a TV presenter on the original ‘Good Morning Australia’. She has also been a journalist, screenwriter and advertising copywriter. Di now lives and writes in Byron Bay, NSW, in between travelling to research her books. She is the author of six previous bestsellers,
Heart of the Dreaming, The Last Rose of Summer, Follow the Morning Star, The Last Mile Home, Tears of the Moon
When the Singing Stops.
Her latest novel is
Scatter the Stars.

Di Morrissey can be visited at her website:

Also by Di Morrissey

Heart of the Dreaming
The Last Rose of Summer
Follow the Morning Star
The Last Mile Home
Tears of the Moon
When the Singing Stops
The Songmaster
Scatter the Stars
The Bay
Kimberley Sun
Barra Creek
The Reef

First published 1997 in Macmillan by Pan Macmillan Australia Pty Limited
First published 1998 in Pan by Pan Macmillan Australia Pty Limited 1 Market Street, Sydney

Reprinted 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001 (twice), 2003 (twice), 2004, 2005, 2006(twice)

Copyright © Di Morrissey 1997

All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording or by any information storage and retrieval system, without prior permission in writing from the publisher.

National Library of Australia
Cataloguing-in-Publication data:

Morrissey, Di.
The songmaster.

ISBN 0 330 36045 0.

I. Title.


Typeset in 11/13pt Sabon by Post Pre-press Group
Printed in Australia by McPherson’s Printing Group

These electronic editions published in 2007 by Pan Macmillan Australia Pty Ltd
1 Market Street, Sydney 2000

The moral right of the author has been asserted.

All rights reserved. This publication (or any part of it) may not be reproduced or transmitted, copied, stored, distributed or otherwise made available by any person or entity (including Google, Amazon or similar organisations), in any form (electronic, digital, optical, mechanical) or by any means (photocopying, recording, scanning or otherwise) without prior written permission from the publisher.

The Songmaster

Di Morrissey

Adobe eReader format
Microsoft Reader format
Mobipocket format
Online format

Macmillan Digital Australia

to read more about all our books and to buy both print and ebooks online. You will also find features, author interviews and news of any author events.

The Songmaster
is a work of fiction.
While it is inspired by certain events, places
and people, it remains a fictitious work, drawn
from my imagination.
This book is written in the hope it may forge
closer links between indigenous and other


To a group of extraordinary Australians –

David Mowaljarlai and the Ngarinyin people
of the Kimberley, Western Australia.

Hannah Rachel Bell, for being my friend and
‘cultural interpreter’ and for providing
Jennifer’s words for ‘women’s business’.

Susan Bradley, for being the catalyst and great
camp-fire raconteur.

Jutta Malnic, for her explanation of Dulugun.

Paddy Neowarra, for clarifying the position of
displaced Kimberley Aborigines.

My darling daughter, Gabrielle, who shared
the journey with me, along with –

Alec and Lorraine Shand, Peter Harrison, Jim
and Sandy Macken, Susanna Lobez, and those
of the first Bush University, who were followed
by The Most Reverend Dr Peter Carnley,
Archbishop of Perth, Primate of Australia,
business leader Tony Coote AM, BSc, MBA
and those of the second Bush University.

BOOK: The Songmaster
6.46Mb size Format: txt, pdf, ePub

Other books

Death of the Mad Hatter by Sarah Pepper
A Kink in Her Tails by Sahara Kelly
The Miscreant by Brock Deskins
Grey's Lady by Natasha Blackthorne
Fool's Gold by Zilpha Keatley Snyder
The Last of His Kind by Doris O'Connor
No Mercy by McCormick, Jenna