- THE DOROTHY HEWETT AWARD
Walking with Camels: The Story of Bertha Strehlow
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In this volume, Leni Shilton offers us a woman’s exploration of loss and survival in a savagely beautiful landscape. The story of Bertha Strehlow - a brilliant observer and connector of people - explores years of endurance and loss as she and her anthropologist husband travelled central Australia in the early 20th century. Drawn from her diaries and years of research, Leni Shilton weaves Bertha’s tale in poetry of stark beauty, threaded through with a deep love of the unforgiving desert.
Winner - The 2020 Chief Minister's NT Book Award for Fiction
Praise for Walking With Camels
Walking with Camels is charged with the lovely strangeness of a re-imagined perspective: Bertha Strehlow exists here in a lyrical history that is inner, poetic, singular and deeply mysterious and we are reminded of the moving gravity of so many untold stories…GAIL JONES
One of the great awakening pleasures of this book is of following Bertha as she feels her way into the desert.LISA GORTON