UWA Publishers 2011
174 258 2580 (pbk)
Sarah Drummond - Overland:
" ...Deen’s humour and feistiness prevails throughout this
book...She deftly spins narrative nonfiction into a ripping yarn of the
outback, the courts and the openly racist application of immigration
dictation tests...Hanifa Deen is also unafraid to throw in a chuckle, a
pointedly personal take on an ambiguous piece of historiography with a
raised textual eyebrow: ‘Not bloody likely!’...."
Gillian Bramley-Moore - The Courier
" ...Deen's lively chronicles about Mahomet Allum, a herbalist who
was irresistible to women, bush battler Ali Abdul and Sam the pearl
diver, who led a special SAS team in World War II and yet was thwarted
in his efforts to be naturalised, are confronting. Yet Deen avoids
preaching, telling with humour all sides of the story...."
Jose Borghino - The Australian
" ....To her credit, Deen balances such stories of
institutionalised racism and cruelty with examples of ordinary (white)
Australians deviating from the twisted "normality" around them
and treating Muslims with humanity and generosity of spirit. The White
Australia Policy was eventually dismantled...."