Publisher's synopsis

Too much lip, her old problem from way back. And the older she got, the harder it seemed to get to swallow her opinions. The avalanche of bullshit in the world would drown her if she let it; the least she could do was raise her voice in anger.

Wise-cracking Kerry Salter has spent a lifetime avoiding two things – her hometown and prison. But now her Pop is dying and she’s an inch away from the lockup, so she heads south on a stolen Harley.

Kerry plans to spend twenty-four hours, tops, over the border. She quickly discovers, though, that Bundjalung country has a funny way of grabbing on to people. Old family wounds open as the Salters fight to stop the development of their beloved river. And the unexpected arrival on the scene of a good-looking dugai fella intent on loving her up only adds more trouble – but then trouble is Kerry’s middle name.

Gritty and darkly hilarious, Too Much Lip offers redemption and forgiveness where none seems possible.


  • Winner, 2019 The Miles Franklin Literary Award
  • Winner, 2019 Queensland Literary Awards – Queensland Premier’s Award for a work of State Significance
  • Shortlisted, 2020 The Barbara Jefferis Award
  • Shortlisted, 2020 NSW Premier’s Literary Award – Indigenous Writers’ Prize
  • Shortlisted, 2019 The Stella Prize
  • Shortlisted, 2019 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards – Multicultural NSW Award
  • Shortlisted, 2019 Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) Literary Fiction Book of the Year
  • Shortlisted, 2019 Queensland Literary Awards – The University of Queensland Fiction Book Award
  • Shortlisted, 2019 The Voss Literary Award
  • Shortlisted, 2019 The Prime Minister’s Literary Awards – Fiction
  • Longlisted, 2019 Colin Roderick Award
  • Longlisted, 2019 International Dublin Literary Award
  • Shortlisted, 2019 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards – Fiction
  • Shortlisted, 2019 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards – Prize for Indigenous Writing

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