'The Visitors' by Jane Harrison

By Jane Harrison

The most exciting debut in 2023, The Visitors is an audacious, earthy, funny, gritty and powerful re-imaging of a crucial moment in Australia’s history – an unputdownable work of fiction.

On a steamy, hot day in January 1788, seven Aboriginal men, Elder statesmen representing the nearby clans, gather at Warrane. Several newly arrived ships are in the harbour. The men meet to discuss their response to these Visitors. All day, they talk, argue, debate. Where are the Visitors from? What do they want? Might they just warra warra wai back to where they came from? Should they be welcomed? Or should they be made to leave? The decision of the men must be unanimous – and will have far-reaching implications for all.

Throughout the day the weather is strange, with mammatus clouds, unbearable heat, and a pending thunderstorm … Somewhere, trouble is brewing.

From award-winning author and playwright Jane Harrison, The Visitors – based on her smash hit play of the same name – is powerful, playful, provocative and moving, a radical re-envisioning of history and an unputdownable work of fiction – think Twelve Angry Men but with an authentic Australian flavour and humour.

The Visitors

'The Visitors' by Jane Harrison