I had to read Swallow the Air last week. One of the students is studying it for the HSC, and I'd never come across it before, so there I was, reading a book published by the UQP, and with a bit of buzz around it. A pretty slim book, it tells the story of May, a half Aboriginal girl who grows up in the housing commissions in Woolongong, raised by an alcoholic aunt with her brother after her mother's suicide. It's a fairly unstructured book--the chapters could be nothing more than short stories interlinked to a larger, if they resonated a little stronger with each other, but the book itself could have been a lot stronger if Tara June Winch, the author, had simply taken a lot of her moments and allowed them time to develop. Either way: some folk liked it, but it just kinda passed me by as fairly uninteresting and shallow.
What I found interesting, however, was the pictures of Tara June Winch, who is of Aboriginal, Afghan and English heritage.