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Bitin' Back

Bitin' Back is a rollicking comic novel that nimbly blends the realities of smalltown prejudice and racial intolerance.

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When the Blackouts' star player Nevil Dooley wakes one morning to don a frock and 'eyeshada', his mother's idle days at the bingo hall are gone forever.

Bitin' Back was the winner of the 2000 David Unaipon Award for unpublished Aboriginal writers. Cleven's novel has been described as one of the most acclaimed manuscripts to come from the twelve-year-old Unaipon Award to-date.

Vivienne Cleven

Vivienne Cleven

Vivienne Cleven was born in 1968 in Surat and grew up in western Queensland, homeland of her Aboriginal heritage. She left school at thirteen to work with her father as a jillaroo: building fences, mustering cattle, and working at various jobs on stations throughout Queensland and New South Wales.

In 2000, with the manuscript Bitin' Back, Vivienne entered and won the David Unaipon Award. In demand at literary events and workshops, she has published articles and fiction in anthologies, magazines and journals. Her second novel was Her Sister’s Eye. Vivienne lives in the bush, is studying her PhD and is working on her latest novel.