Set across the far-flung reaches of the universe, The Old Lie, by Stella Prize–shortlisted novelist Claire G. Coleman, examines Australia’s treatment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander soldiers after World War II. Hailed by Gomeroi poet Alison Whittaker as “a hoot [and] a rollick through both sci-fi and speculative fiction”, The Old Lie takes us to a futuristic yet familiar world to ask what we have learned from the past. It holds a mirror up to colonialism and the erasure of Indigenous peoples’ stories from history. Claire speaks with Declan Fry about her ambitious follow-up to the prize-winning Terra Nullius.

This recording is available on all major podcast platforms.

The Old Lie is available from Hachette.

Claire G. Coleman (Australian)

Claire G. Coleman

Claire G. Coleman is a Wirlomin Noongar woman whose ancestral country is on the south coast of Western Australia. Her novel Terra Nullius won a black&write! Fellowship and a Norma K. Hemming Award and was shortlisted for the Stella Prize and the Aurealis Science Fiction Award. She writes poetry, short-fiction and essay and has been published widely. The Old Lie is her second novel.

Declan Fry (Australian)

Declan Fry

Declan Fry is a writer, poet, essayist, and proud descendant of the Yorta Yorta. Born on Wongatha country in Kalgoorlie, in 2020 he was engaged as a critic for The Age/Sydney Morning Herald, awarded the 2021 Peter Blazey Fellowship, and a Lord Mayor's Creative Writing Award for memoir. His work has appeared in Meanjin, The Saturday Paper, Liminal, Overland, and elsewhere.