'Robert Kenny enters with tender respect the cruelly ruptured world of the Australians as represented by the Wotjobaluk people … The Lamb Enters the Dreaming has a depth and breadth of reflection that goes well beyond our usual topical histories …
It really is a mystery tour through such matters as translation, language, mission strategy, conversion, totemism, tradition, culture, sorcery, scripture, Darwinianism and evangelicalism.
All this is done with a light touch, always with a sense of ongoing puzzlement and of closure still to come … Take your time. Enjoy the ride.'
Greg Dening, Age
'[Kenny] shares with Inga Clendinnen a drive to decipher the Aboriginal responses to conquest, recognising that they too were sentient beings with organised moral and spiritual codes.'
Stephen Saunders, Canberra Times
'This is one of the most important books on Aboriginal Australia yet written.'
Robin Osborne, Daily Examiner
'If you only read one work of Australian history in 2007, make it this one ... Kenny has written a profoundly important book about the nature of culture and identity, about Christianity and its place in Australian history, and about science and faith.'
Joanna Cruickshank, Eureka Street
'... it is history, powerful; captivating, profound .... Robert Kenny offers a journey that will take you a great deal further than the Australian Government's citizen test.'
Jennie Gordon, Insights
'The Lamb Enters the Dreaming is a wonderful piece of historical exploration; it is extremely well researched, and imbued with humanity.'
Timothy Trudgen, Journey
'Robert Kenny is an academic and historian who has written on literature, religious history and the history of science — he is also a published fiction writer and poet, and he brings that poetic sensitivity to language to his work.
This is a complex ... work, aided by Kenny's clarity of thought and ease of expression. It has much to say to our contemporary lives and is worth the effort.'
Barry Gittins, On Fire (The Salvation Army)
'This is a probing, tantalising, imaginative form of history that deals in possibilities, probabilities, plausibilities … There is much that is admirable in The Lamb Enters the Dreaming. Histories such as Kenny's remind us that cultural difference matters, the frontier was often a violent place, and that racism is part of our history. But only part — for he also reveals the potential for understanding, belief, compassion, friendship and sharing that transcends racial difference.'
Frank Bongiorno, Sydney Morning Herald
'Robert Kenny's work is exceptional, a major contribution that takes us to the precipice of understanding several dimensions of the 219-year relationship between indigenous Australians.'
Peter Botsman, The University of Melbourne Voice
'[A] distinctive and beautiful book … Quest narrative, study in the act of study, retrospect on fad and fashion in science and anthropology, The Lamb Enters the Dreaming positions itself as a sophisticated product, both humane and subtle, empirical and artistic. It also advances several illuminating ideas about the colonial encounter …
A bravura book, all complexity and self-doubt, The Lamb will doubtless be much admired and imitated in years to come …
With all its entranced, gazing fascination, The Lamb does enter the dreaming, and leaves it a changed world.'
Nicolas Rothwell, Weekend Australian
'Elegant and engaging, wide-ranging and wise.'
'A startling new history … an immense contribution to reconciliation consciousness in our twenty-first-century Australia.'
Rhys Isaac, Pulitzer Prize winning historian
'Sparkles with wit and intelligence … the scholarship is most impressive.'
'We feel we are at his side as he thinks and poses his questions, fully engaged in a work of almost novelistic detection.'
'Robert is a profound scholar, reflecting in this book on the great issues of our time: evolution, culture, identity, language, translation, conversion, the post-colonial world.'
'The book enlarges our understanding of the rich creativity of Aboriginal engagement with the invading culture. In doing so it also shows a highly innovative sense of place and landscape. A first-person narrative style is used to great advantage, and held in fine and effective balance with highly skilled critical judgement. It is a brilliant book.'
The judges of the 2008 W.K Hancock Prize
'Elegantly written and powerfully argued … The Lamb Enters the Dreaming provides a new way of looking at a crucial aspect of Australian colonial history in a way that is truly original, surprising and profound.'
The judges of the 2008 Prime Minister's Prize for Australian History