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 Winnie Dunn releases debut novel

27 March 2024

Winnie Dunn releases debut novel

Sweatshop writer, editor and general manager Winnie Dunn, has released her debut novel, Dirt Poor Islanders, published by Hachette Australia. It is the first novel to be written by a Tongan-Australian.

Dirt Poor Islanders is a potent, mesmerising novel that opens our eyes to the brutal fractures navigated when growing up between two cultures and the importance of understanding all the many pieces of yourself. Miles Franklin award-winning author, Melissa Lucashenko described Dunn's work as 'a loving, yet challenging, portrait of the Tongan-Australian community . . . this is truly groundbreaking fiction.'

This is another significant milestone for Sweatshop writers in general, as Dirt Poor Islanders follows the critically-acclaimed debuts of Funny Ethnics by Shirley Le and Songs for the Dead and the Living by Sara M. Saleh.

For orders, please order from one of Sydney’s best independent bookstore, Better Read Than Dead

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