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Every Secret Thing

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Summary

Every Secret Thing is a nothing-is-sacred misadventure that crackles with Marie Munkara’s famous acerbic humour.

Set in the early days of missionary activity in far northern Australia, Every Secret Thing follows the Bush Mob as they try to evade the Mission Mob, who, along with everyone else are trying to avoid having their souls saved by the Roman Catholic Missionaries. In these hilariously irreverent vignettes of mission life, everyone and everything is fair game.

Publisher Rachel Bin Salleh said: 'There is no other Australian author of fiction who writes with such acerbic and uncompromising wit about Australia’s mission and colonial history. For Aboriginal people, humour is essential to our survival, our resilience. Every Secret Thing unapologetically challenges stereotypes. While the writing makes you laugh out loud, it also opens you up to some hard truths. That, I think, is her mastery.'

Winner of the David Unaipon Award and first published in 2009 by UQP, Every Secret Thing was Marie Munkara’s debut novel.

A new edition of this award-winning title, Every Secret Thing is filled with humour, joy and despair. It is an unflinching insight into the legacy of Australia’s mission era.

Initially the material in Every Secret Thing came from things I would hear my family talk about while we were sitting around yarning. We would be laughing about what so and so did and remember when this or that happened. That is where it all started from and those ideas get a life of their own.

— Marie Munkara, author

Every Secret Thing won the 2010 David Unaipon Award for Indigenous Writing and the 2010 Territory Read NT Book of the Year Award.

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Korff, J 2021, Every Secret Thing, <https://www.creativespirits.info/resources/books/every-secret-thing>, retrieved 26 October 2021

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