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.

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