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December 23, 2018


#AWW2018: Chloe Hooper “The Tall Man”

by N@ncy




  1. This is the story of Palm Island, the tropical paradise
  2. …where one morning Cameron Doomadgee swore at a policeman
  3. ….and forty-five minutes later lay dead in a police cell.
  4. This is also the story of that policeman Christopher Hurley
  5. …and of the struggle to bring him to trial.



  1. Chloe Hooper is asked to document
  2. ….the murder inquest that is about to begin.
  3. This book is a documentary with words.
  4. The author admits her ignorance about Palm Island  that
  5. could fill a book…and it did.
  6. Ms Hooper was curious if readers would feel the outrage
  7. about this terrible death.
  8. It takes place against a complicated backdrop
  9. ….that many people tended to look away from.
  10. Strong point: Ms Hooper uses factual language
  11. …to create emotion!
  12. Strong point: Clear and direct way of telling the human side of
  13. …the Doomadgee  case and its broader implications.
  14. Strong point: the book focuses on justice rather than crime.
  15. The narrative draws its power NOT from the human suffering
  16. …but from exposing the effects of decisions made around that suffering.
  17. #PageTurner


  • Trivia: …..look at this list of awards!
  1. Winner-  2009 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards – Douglas Stewart Prize
  2. Winner – 2009 Australian Book Industry Award – General Non-fiction
  3. Winner – 2009 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards – Non-fiction
  4. Winner – 2009 The Indie Book of the Year Award – Non-fiction
  5. Winner – 2009 Queensland Premier’s Literary Prize
  6. Winner – 2009 Davitt Award – Best True Crime
  7. Winner – 2009 John Button Prize
  8. Winner – Victorian Premier’s Literary Award 2009
  9. Winner – 2009 Ned Kelly Award – Non-fiction
  10. Winner – 2008 Western Australia Premier’s Literary Awards – Book of the Year & Non-Fiction
5 Comments Post a comment
  1. Jan 22 2019

    This is on my TBR pile…after The Arsonist I promised myself to make it a priority…that was 3 months ago already!


    • Jan 23 2019

      I enjoy Hooper’s style. I listened to an interview with her on a podcast. She is all business, facts and can write emotion into non-fiction! Suffered a major winter dip yesterday…snow, wind, cold, standing on a platform waiting for a train….I did not want to read. Not in the train, not at home.
      This was bound to happen. What to do? Read a magazine with plenty of chocolate near by….then slept for 10 hrs! Feel better this morning. We are freezing here until at least 02 February…how’s your heat wave?

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      • Jan 28 2019

        The heatwave is ghastly! Temps not too bad in Sydney, but the humidity is awful. Hard to find a comfortable spot to read!
        I wish we could somehow balance our 2 extreme temps for a lovely moderate one in the middle for both of us!
        Stay warm, enjoy your chocolate & cuddle the kitty kats ! These dark days will pass.

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