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Scribe to publish Sornig’s nonfiction book on Dudley Flats

Scribe has acquired world rights to David Sornig’s Blue Lake: Finding Dudley Flats and the West Melbourne Swamp, a ‘social and psychogeographic history’ of the Depression-era shanty town west.

The narrative nonfiction title will examine how the zone ‘transformed from a fertile wetland into the city’s blind spot, and how the uncanny quality of the area persists today’, focussing on three main inhabitants of the area: Elsie Williams, a Bendigo-born singer of Afro-Caribbean origin; Jack Peacock, the ‘king of Dudley Flats’ tip-scavenging economy’; and Lauder Heinrich Rogge, a German hermit who ‘lived for decades with sixty dogs on a stranded ship’.

‘By charting their respective rises and falls in fortune, Blue Lake reveals much about the race and class divides of the times in which they lived; their individual stories are also profoundly affecting,’ the publisher said.

Scribe will publish Blue Lake in September 2018.


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