The Roving Party
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|Genre||Western, Historical novel|
|Publisher||Allen and Unwin|
|Media type||Print (Hardback & Paperback)|
The Roving Party is a 2011 novel written by Tasmanian author Rohan Wilson. Wilson's first book, it is published by Allen and Unwin. The Roving Party won the 2011 The Australian/Vogel Literary Award and is shortlisted for the 2011 Victorian Premier's Literary Awards Vance Palmer Prize for Fiction.
John Batman, ruthless, singleminded; four convicts, the youngest still only a stripling; Gould, a downtrodden farmhand; two free black trackers; and powerful, educated Black Bill, brought up from childhood as a white man. This is the roving party and their purpose is massacre. With promises of freedom, land grants and money, each is willing to risk his life for the prize. Passing over many miles of tortured country, the roving party searches for Aborigines, taking few prisoners and killing freely, Batman never abandoning the visceral intensity of his hunt. And all the while, Black Bill pursues his personal quarry, the much-feared warrior, Mannalargenna.