Black Sheep by Nicholas Jose
Look inside with Google Book Preview
Black Sheep
By Nicholas Jose

Black Sheep

Journey to Borroloola

By (author) See other recent books by Nicholas Jose
Format: Hardback

Checking availability...

Black Sheep by Nicholas Jose

Book Awards

  • Shortlisted for Age Book of the Year: Non-fiction 2003.

Book Description

Roger Jose had lived in Borroloola in an upside-down water tank with his Aboriginal wife Maggie for most of the twentieth century. An eccentric, a hermit, a bushman, a bush philosopher and the last custodian of the famous Borroloola Library before it was eaten by termites, he practised reconciliation long before the idea was tossed around as a political football. In this highly original book, novelist Nicholas Jose mixes biography, history, travel and politics to enter the world of Roger Jose. Could he be the mystery relative, the black sheep that the family never speaks of? Jose's journey takes him to Borroloola, located on the Gulf of Carpentaria, Australia's northernmost shore and on the routes of navigation between East and West. A place where white men lived like blackfellas, and where Aboriginal culture remained strong enough to extend its power into present-day politics. Black Sheep tells Roger Jose's story, and chronicles other meetings across the Gulf Country. Jose investigates the community of Doomadgee, a troubled former mission, and the ongoing fight over Century, the world's biggest zinc mine on the fringes of Lawn Hill National Park and the World Heritage fossil site at Riversleigh. Black Sheep is the searching response of a contemporary Australian writer to his challenging heritage, and to a world where language itself must struggle across lines of race and culture to reach new understandings.

Buy Black Sheep book by Nicholas Jose from Australia's Online Bookstore, Boomerang Books.

Book Details

ISBN: 9781740640695
ISBN-10: 1740640691
Format: Hardback
(220mm x 144mm x 29mm)
Pages: 294
Imprint: Hardie Grant Books
Publisher: Hardie Grant Books
Publish Date: 1-Sep-2002
Country of Publication: Australia

Other Editions...

Books By Author Nicholas Jose

Custodians by Nicholas Jose Custodians, Paperback (September 2012)

Against the scarred landscape of contemporary Australia, eight childhood friends seek their individual destinies: Alex, ambitious but melancholy; Cleve, snatched by the state from his parents; Danny, his twin brother, who has spent more of his life in custody than free; Elspeth, the heiress seeking enlightenment; Jane, passionately committed to

Original Face by Nicholas Jose Original Face, Paperback (August 2012)

The drama begins with a body dumped in south - western Sydney - skinned, with no face. Lewis Lin, taxi driver, photographer, recent arrival from Beijing, happens to be at the scene. With detectives Ginger Rogers and Shelley Swert in pursuit, Lin finds himself drawn into a deadly immigration racket, with a cast which includes a film - maker just ...

Black Sheep by Nicholas Jose Black Sheep, Paperback (July 2012)

'I was a child when I first heard of him ... 'There was a photograph of an old man with a prophet's beard and funny clothes standing outside an odd corrugated-iron dwelling in the middle of nowhere. Roger Jose lived with his Aboriginal wife in an upside-down water tank in a place called Borroloola.

» View all books by Nicholas Jose


» Have you read this book? We'd like to know what you think about it - write a review about Black Sheep book by Nicholas Jose and you'll earn 50c in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars (you must be a member - it's free to sign up!)

Write a book review

Boomerang Bucks close

For every $20 you spend on books, you will receive $1 in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars. You can use your Boomerang Bucks as a credit towards a future purchase from Boomerang Books. Note that you must be a Member (free to sign up) and that conditions do apply.

Recent books by Nicholas Jose close
Bapo by Nicholas Jose
Custodians by Nicholas Jose
Original Face by Nicholas Jose
Black Sheep by Nicholas Jose
Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature by Nicholas Jose
Paper Nautilus by Nicholas Jose
Original Face by Nicholas Jose
Red Thread by Nicholas Jose
Chinese Whispers by Nicholas Jose
» close