Dancing with Strangers is Inga Clendinnen's seminal account of the moment in January 1788 when the First Fleet arrived in Sydney Harbour and a thousand British men and women, some of them convicts and some of them free, encountered the Australians living there. 'These people mixed with ours,' wrote a British observer after landfall, 'and all hands danced together.' What followed would shape relations between the peoples for the next two centuries. Winner, Kiriyama Prize 2004 Winner, Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-fiction, NSW Premier's Literary Awards 2004 Winner, Best History Book, Queensland Premier's Literary Awards 2004
Winner of Kiriyama Prize 2004 (Australia) and NSW Premier's Literary Awards 2004 (Australia) and Queensland Premier's Literary Awards, Best History Book 2004 (Australia). Short-listed for Age Book of the Year 2004 (Australia) and Courier-Mail Book of the Year 2004 (Australia) and Victorian Premier's Literary Awards 2004 (Australia) and Westfield/Waverley Library Award for Literature 2004 (Australia).
Inga Clendinnen was born in Geelong in 1934. Her early books and scholarly articles on the Aztecs and Maya of Mexico earned her a reputation as one of the world's finest historians. Reading the Holocaust, Tiger's Eye and Dancing with Strangers have been critically acclaimed and won a number of local and international awards.