“Here’s some pidgin, Mick.”Garrick spoke rapidly. “Who been dat pella? Where him been prom? You been subby him? Him been talk punny way, ay? Him been kardiya bloke.“What?” Mick shook his head quickly.

Garrick smiled.“I said, ‘who is that man? Where is he from? Do you know him? Doesn’t he talk in a strange way? He’s a stranger in this place’.”

It’s 2017. Mick Wilson’s wife has taken off from Adelaide with a long-haul truck-driver and Mick’s two little kids. In an attempt to find his family, Mick, a brick-layer and former top-level Australian Rules footballer, blindly heads for Alice Springs.

In Central Australia, where many people go to hide from a past, Mick finds a different and challenging world. He stumbles into work on a remote cattle station, with an Aboriginal community close by. He also finds three very different women who shape his destiny.

Racial tensions, tangled personal relationships, a mysterious mountain range and a struggling Aboriginal community and football team force Mick to become part of a strange new world and way of being.

Across a cultural divide, new understandings emerge in the most unlikely ways. Through it all, Mick searches and aches for his kids, but because of the people he comes to know, he’s never alone.

HIDING PLACE REVIEWS A robust Aussie yarn about respect, reconciliation and shared responsibility—a celebration of Aboriginal culture and a lesson in how to achieve great things with good humour.

Ian Wansbrough, Screen-Writer


Compassion and clear insight, without sugar coating, is what makes this such a relevant story and a welcome change … Even as tensions build towards a violent climax the book doesn’t offer any easy answers or convenient scapegoats; there are no “goodies” and “baddies” here.

Margo St Quintin Goodreads



Elaine Fry, Shelf Life: The West Australian

Chapter 1 of Hiding Place read by Paul David-Goddard.


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