Novelist: THE CROCODILE HOTEL A new novel published by Cylops Press 2015.
To be launched at the Melbourne Writers Festival 29th August 2.30pm at the Optic Club, Federation Square. BOOK LAUNCH BY SUE INGLETON, COMEDIAN
Julie Janson THE CROCODILE HOTEL 110,000 words Jane Reynolds, a young teacher from Sydney, begins a position on a remote cattle property, Harrison Station, south of Arnhem Land. It is 1976. The caravan school has fifty two traditional Aboriginal children of the Lanniwah nation and the love interest of a young male Aboriginal Teaching Assistant named David Yaniwuy.
Jane arrives with her five year old son Aaron, but she is unmarried. She is of Aboriginal descent and is reassessing the family secret of their identity. Harrison Station is a lonely place, and Jane is sustained by her friendship with the Lanniwah children and traditional women such as Old Lucy. Jane is confronted with the racism of the cattle station Boss, Hubert Barkley and his wife Edie.
Jane is swept up in a year of wonders, as she negotiates her place between the black and white societies. She fights for land rights and respect for herself and the Lanniwah people. The predominant theme that emerges is the negotiation of identity and social status for a woman, born between cultures, who wants to overcome her ‘double stain, double shame’, and claim a legitimate place for herself and establish a sense of belonging. Jane is sexual, courageous and passionate and she is swept up in a tempestuous story of the Northern Territory that reveals the bloody history of the country and the Lanniwah people’s magic realism in their cultural landscape.
Currently writing second novel: BENEVOLENCE