Winner of New South Wales Literary Award 1996, Ethnic Affairs Commission Short listed for the Nita B Kibble Literary Award 1995
In 1993 Hanifa Deen set out on a journey of the heart and mind to show the human face of Australian Muslims: ordinary people from diverse backgrounds and cultures, people who mow their lawns, worry about their mortgages, love their children.
Ten years later, in the wake of September 11 and the Bali bombings, she revisits those people and finds them living in the shadow of the wider community's hostility. Australia has shifted from the welcoming caravanserai that Deen originally envisaged to a place that many Australian Muslims no longer see as safe for their families. The whispered voices of prejudice from the past are now loud and shrill and gaining currency day by day.