Fog a Dox by Bruce Pascoe (Magabala Books)
2013 Young adult fiction winner
Albert Cutts is a tree feller. A fella who cuts down trees. Fog is a fox cub raised by a dingo. He’s called a dox because people are suspicious of foxes and Albert Cutts owns the dingo and now the dox. Albert is a bushman and lives a remote life surrounded by animals and birds. All goes well until Albert has an accident...
This is a story of courage, acceptance and respect. The dialogue is finely crafted and Indigenous cultural knowledge and awareness are seamlessly integrated into the story.
Bruce Pascoe is an award-winning Australian writer, editor and anthologist. His books include Shark, Ruby-eyed Coucal, Ocean, Earth and Nightjar. Bruce has also written a number of non-fiction works, the latest include Convincing Ground, a Wathaurong language dictionary and The Little Red, Yellow, Black Book. His novel, Bloke, was published in 2009. The children’s novel, The Chainsaw File, was published by Oxford in 2011.
Bruce Pascoe’s Fog a Dox is a work of profound humanity’ that ‘delights with its gentle humour, its knowledge of the bush and of the hidden workings of the heart, and its often surprising originality of expression. It gives an eloquent voice to those rarely heard. It has a place in the canon of Australian literature and is in every respect an appropriate winner’.
Pascoe’s is an original voice and his story of people and country is beautiful in its simplicity. It speaks of a love of the land and its animals, of the innate goodness of bush people, of being an outsider and of earned respect. Its language and dialogue are crisp, authentic and inventive. The author’s Aboriginality shines through but he wears it lightly, with an inclusivity brilliantly expressed in the bushmen’s encounter with a young girl suffering from leukaemia.