#AWW2018: Chloe Hooper “The Tall Man”
- Author: Chloe Hooper
- Title: The Tall Man
- Published: 2009
- List of Challenges 2018
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- This is the story of Palm Island, the tropical paradise
- …where one morning Cameron Doomadgee swore at a policeman
- ….and forty-five minutes later lay dead in a police cell.
- This is also the story of that policeman Christopher Hurley
- …and of the struggle to bring him to trial.
- Chloe Hooper is asked to document
- ….the murder inquest that is about to begin.
- This book is a documentary with words.
- The author admits her ignorance about Palm Island that
- could fill a book…and it did.
- Ms Hooper was curious if readers would feel the outrage
- about this terrible death.
- It takes place against a complicated backdrop
- ….that many people tended to look away from.
- Strong point: Ms Hooper uses factual language
- …to create emotion!
- Strong point: Clear and direct way of telling the human side of
- …the Doomadgee case and its broader implications.
- Strong point: the book focuses on justice rather than crime.
- The narrative draws its power NOT from the human suffering
- …but from exposing the effects of decisions made around that suffering.
- Trivia: …..look at this list of awards!
- Winner- 2009 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards – Douglas Stewart Prize
- Winner – 2009 Australian Book Industry Award – General Non-fiction
- Winner – 2009 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards – Non-fiction
- Winner – 2009 The Indie Book of the Year Award – Non-fiction
- Winner – 2009 Queensland Premier’s Literary Prize
- Winner – 2009 Davitt Award – Best True Crime
- Winner – 2009 John Button Prize
- Winner – Victorian Premier’s Literary Award 2009
- Winner – 2009 Ned Kelly Award – Non-fiction
- Winner – 2008 Western Australia Premier’s Literary Awards – Book of the Year & Non-Fiction
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