By Alexis Wright, one of Australia’s finest First Nations writers, Carpentaria is a soaring epic set in Gulf country.

Carpentaria’s portrait of life in the precariously settled coastal town of Desperance in far north Queensland centres on the powerful Phantom family.

The family are the leaders of the Pricklebush people, and their battles with old Joseph Midnight’s tearaway Eastend mob on the one hand, and the white officials of Uptown and the neighbouring Gurfurrit mine on the other.

520 pages.