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After Before Time

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  • After Before Time 
    Title: After Before Time
    Author: NEAL ROBBI
    Format: PAPERBACK
    Publication date: 01/04/2016
    Imprint: FOURTH ESTATE
    Price: $30.00
    Publishing status: Active

    A husband loses both his wives in one short day.
    A young woman ignores her Elders and makes a terrible mistake.
    A young girl disappears and may never be found.
    A young man defies cultural taboos with shocking consequences to follow his heart.

    In After Before Time we find these stories. We also meet Barney a young man with an appreciation of plump girls who is occasionally consumed by anger at the unfairness of his life, and Elsie who spent her first years in the bush. We meet Elaine who redefines how we identify Aboriginality and Joseph – the Old Fella who knows how to keep his soul strong.

    Yarning over cups of tea and bacon sandwiches these stories, inspired by real people and real events grew.
    Robbi has written a book where Indigenous voices ring loud and true.
    These stories sing with vivid and simple life and truth. These are stories of shame, pain and sorrow, but also of joy, love and triumph. These stories are direct, intimate and powerful capturing warmth, humour and irrepressible joy.

    I was sitting with the Old Girl, we were in my kitchen having tea and biscuits. She brushed the biscuit crumbs from her turquoise Islander dress with its bright orange flowers, put three sweeteners into her tea, took a cautious sip and said, “I am giving my story to you, Miintha Maampa, to tell others.”
    ….When she had finished she said what the Old Fella had said to me, “We want the world to know about our lives. Telling these stories keeps our hearts strong. ”

    It took Robbi Neal seven years to write After Before Time. She was asked to write this book and share these stories.

    ISBN: 9781460751459
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