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Too Much Lip

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ABOUT
THE BOOK

Too much lip, her old problem from way back. And the older she got, the harder it seemed to get to swallow her opinions. Wise-cracking Kerry Salter has spent a lifetime avoiding two things – her hometown and prison. But now her Pop is dying and she’s an inch away from the lockup, so she heads south on a stolen Harley Kerry planning to spend twenty-four hours, tops, over the border. She quickly discovers, though, that Bundjalung country has a funny way of grabbing on to people. Old family wounds open as the Salters fight to stop the development of their beloved river. And the unexpected arrival on the scene of a good-looking dugai fella intent on loving her up only adds more trouble – but then trouble is Kerry’s middle name.

About the Author

Melissa Lucashenko is an acclaimed Aboriginal writer of Goorie and European heritage. Since 1997 Melissa has been widely published as an award-winning novelist, essayist and short story writer. Her recent work has appeared in The Moth: Fifty True Stories, Meanjin, Griffith Review, and The Saturday Paper.

 

ABOUT
THE AUTHOR Melissa
Lucashenko

Melissa Lucashenko is an Australian writer of European and Goorie heritage. She received an honours degree in public policy from Griffith University in 1990 and published her first novel, Steam Pigs, in 1997. It won the Dobbie Literary Award for Australian women’s fiction and was shortlisted for the New South Wales Premier’s Literary Awards and regional Commonwealth Writers’ Prize. Steam Pigs was followed by the Aurora Prize-winning Killing Darcy, a novel for teenagers, and Hard Yards, which was shortlisted for the 2001 Courier-Mail Book of the Year and the New South Wales Premier’s Literary Awards. Too Flash, a teenage novel about class and friendship, was released in 2002. Mullumbimby won the 2013 Queensland Literary Award – Best Fiction, and was longlisted for the 2014 Stella Prize. Melissa lives between Brisbane and the Bundjalung nation.

Melissa Lucashenko is an Australian writer of European and Goorie heritage. She received an honours degree in public policy from Griffith University in 1990 and published her first novel, Steam Pigs, in 1997. It won the Dobbie Literary Award for Australian women’s fiction and was shortlisted for the New South Wales Premier’s Literary Awards and regional Commonwealth Writers’ Prize. Steam Pigs was followed by the Aurora Prize-winning Killing Darcy, a novel for teenagers, and Hard Yards, which was shortlisted for the 2001 Courier-Mail Book of the Year and the New South Wales Premier’s Literary Awards. Too Flash, a teenage novel about class and friendship, was released in 2002. Mullumbimby won the 2013 Queensland Literary Award – Best Fiction, and was longlisted for the 2014 Stella Prize. Melissa lives between Brisbane and the Bundjalung nation.

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NOMINATING LIBRARY COMMENTS

Too Much Lip is an accomplished dark comedy that explores Australia’s colonial history and contemporary social-political issues. Lucashenko turns the lens on inter-generational trauma and women’s defiance in rural New South Wales, offering hope, redemption and forgiveness where none seems possible.

State Library of Queensland, Australia

Wise-cracking Kerry Salter has spent a lifetime avoiding two things – her hometown and prison. But now her Pop is dying and she’s an inch away from the lockup, so she heads south on a stolen Harley. Kerry plans to spend twenty-four hours, tops, over the border. She quickly discovers, though, that Bundjalung country has a funny way of grabbing on to people. Old family wounds open as the Salters fight to stop the development of their beloved river. And the unexpected arrival on the scene of a good-looking dugai fella intent on loving her up only adds more trouble – but then trouble is Kerry’s middle name. Gritty and darkly hilarious, Too Much Lip offers redemption and forgiveness where none seems possible.

National Library of Australia, Australia

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Country
Australia
Original Language
English
Publisher
University of Queensland

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