Book Review: Dive into Nardi Simpson’s mesmerising debut Song of the Crocodile

The Billymil family have lived in the small town of Darnmoor for three generations, and expectant parents Celie and Tom are preparing to welcome the newest addition. But tensions between Darnmoor’s Indigenous and settler families are rising. And the divide between the white run town and the Campgrounds, where the Billymils call home, is growing.

Watched over by their ancestors, the inhabitants of the Campgrounds navigate a world that doesn’t want them, dodging aggressions both micro and overt. Some try to affect change, others survive by keeping their heads down. But as plans for expansion are revealed and secrets threaten to spill out, bowing to the status quo becomes ever more difficult for the Billymil family.

Progress is coming to Darnmoor. But at what cost?

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