The Roving Party

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The Roving Party
Author Rohan Wilson
Country Australia
Language English
Genre Western, Historical novel
Publisher Allen & Unwin
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback)
Pages 282
ISBN 9781742376530
Followed by To Name Those Lost

The Roving Party is a 2011 novel written by Tasmanian author Rohan Wilson.[1] Wilson's first book, it is published by Allen & Unwin. The Roving Party won the 2011 Vogel Award.[2][3] The novel was also shortlisted for the 2011 Victorian Premier's Literary Awards Vance Palmer Prize for Fiction.[4]

Plot summary[edit]

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.

Awards and nominations[edit]

  • 2011 shortlisted Victorian Premier's Literary Awards — The Vance Palmer Prize for Fiction
  • 2011 winner The Australian/Vogel Literary Award (for an unpublished manuscript)
  • 2012 winner New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards — UTS Award for New Writing
  • 2012 shortlisted New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards — Christina Stead Prize for Fiction
  • 2012 co-winner The Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Novelist of the Year
  • 2012 shortlisted Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) — Australian Newcomer of the Year
  • 2012 shortlisted The National Year of Reading 2012 Our Story Collection — Tasmania
  • 2012 shortlisted Festival Awards for Literature (SA) — Award for Fiction
  • 2012 shortlisted Indie Awards — Debut Fiction
  • 2013 winner Tasmania Book Prizes — Margaret Scott Prize
  • 2013 shortlisted Tasmania Book Prizes — Tasmania Book Prize


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