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Coonardoo: The Well in the Shadow
Author Katharine Susannah Prichard
Country Australia
Language English
Genre Novel
Publisher Jonathan Cape, England
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback)
Pages 320 pp
ISBN 0-207-12661-5 (1973 Angus and Robertson edition)
OCLC 1133739

Coonardoo: The Well in the Shadow is a novel written by the Australian author Katharine Susannah Prichard. The novel evocatively depicts the Australian landscape as it was in the late 1920s, in an age when white settlers tried to control more and more of the bare plains of northwest Australia.

Originally written under the name Jim Ashburton, this novel was joint winner of the Bulletin Novel Competition in 1928. It shared the award with A House is Built by M. Barnard Eldershaw.

It was first serialised in The Bulletin magazine in 15 weekly instalments from 5 September 1928.[1]


The novel relates the story of an Aboriginal woman who was prepared since her childhood to be Wytaliba station's housekeeper, but falls in love and has a romance with her owner Hugh Watt a white man.

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