‘Katherine Johnson’s debut novel is much like the icebergs that threaten both vessels. Perfectly crafted crystalline prose dazzles on the surface while intricately woven characters and their stories explore the unknown depths of heartache and betrayal, love and resilience.’
Goodreading magazine, February 2009. ****
Book Launch Pescador's Wake
Katherine Johnson at the launch of her debut novel.
Katherine Johnson’s fourth novel, Paris Savages (Ventura Press 2019), tells a little-known story of colonial history - the story of three Badtjala people from Queensland's Fraser Island taken to Europe to perform in "human zoos". Previous novels include The Better Son, Matryoshka and Pescador's Wake.
'Gripping and powerful. Paris Savages is an intimate journey into the late 19th century pseudo-science of race, and the immensely moving courage of the indigenous performers who toured Europe.’
DR PETER COCHRANE, NOVELIST AND WINNER OF PRIME MINISTER’S PRIZE FOR AUSTRALIAN HISTORY