Deep Time Dreaming by Billy Griffiths Book Review

Deep Time Dreaming by Billy Griffiths

  • Winner, 2020 Felicia A. Holton Book Award
  • Winner, 2020 Max Crawford Medal
  • Winner, 2019 Ernest Scott Prize
  • Winner, Book of the Year at the 2019 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards
  • Winner, Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-fiction at the 2019 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards 
  • Winner, 2018 John Mulvaney Book Award
  • Highly Commended, 2019 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards
  • Shortlisted, 2018 Queensland Literary Awards
  • Shortlisted, 2019 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards
  • Shortlisted, 2019 Educational Publishing Awards
  • Longlisted, 2019 Australian Book Industry Awards
  • Longlisted, 2019 CHASS Book Prize

Jane Lloyd’s review of ‘Deep Time Dreaming: Uncovering Ancient Australia’ by Billy Griffiths

A deservedly multi award winning book! Beautifully written narrative non-fiction.

A book that seeks to understand the extraordinary deep history of the Australian continent and what it means to live in a place of such antiquity with complex relationships. To imagine standing with your back to the caves once occupied at Rocky Cape and imagine a time when people walked dry shod across Bass Strait. Griffith eloquently writes about the reassertion of Aboriginal identity and the uncovering of the traces of ancient Australia in the second half of the twentieth century.

He charts the history, relationships, scholarship and sometimes controversy of the archaeologists involved in uncovering Australia’s deep human past.

Billy Griffiths is sensitive and respectful to the achievements and concerns of Aboriginal people and to the complexities and technical difficulties of archaeological practice. These modern day discoveries changed our historical imagination and the way we see Australian history. One of the best books I have read.

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