The Bonesetter’s Fee and other stories


Rashida Murphy

The Bonesetter’s Fee and Other Stories brings light to the growing pains of the migrant experience. Murphy explores themes of identity, breathing life into superstition and myth.  The collection encapsulates how one’s heritage and history can influence their personhood, and how human connection and understanding links us together. With each story unique, Murphy links her cultural legends and customs to modern Australian society. The Bonesetter’s Fee and Other Stories is a captivating and inspiring collection of work, weaving a little bit of mystery into the reader’s life.

Paperback, 120 pages, 24.99 + postage



Cover and author photo of The Bonesetters Fee by Rashida Murphy


Runner Up for the 2021 Carmel Bird Digital Literary Award


14 October, 10:30am–12pm | Disrupt, Deconstruct, Decolonise with Rashida Murphy

Rashida will be speaking about her works and her practice in the Melville Storylines Event! Find details here.



‘This is a collection as much about life as it is about how we pick up the pieces and continue to move forwards. How we search for moments of stillness, savour the acts of small kindnesses and rejoice in moments of joy.’ —Priya Kahlon, Westerly Magazine


‘Rashida Murphy compresses lifetimes into these nuanced and intimate stories where characters grapple with ways of being and belonging. Her characters remake lives in shifting terrain where sometimes it is barely possible to speak, let alone be heard. The echoes of absences, and of unspoken, misremembered and intentionally forgotten events, ripple across time and place.’ —Michelle Michau Crawford, author of Leaving Elvis


‘Rashida Murphy writes with elegance and simplicity, paying homage to girls and their inner lives without losing sight of the absurdity of social expectations, and the sting of the daily humiliations women face. She does so without relinquishing their agency, their internal complexity and their sense of fun. The Bonesetter’s Fee is a beautiful and confident collection by an author whose gifts of prose are immeasurable.’ —Sisonke Msimang, author of Always Another Country


‘Crisp and observant, these stories give a powerful voice to quiet experience.’ —Brooke Dunnell, Winner of the 2021 Fogarty Literary Award


‘Rashida Murphy’s The Bonesetter’s Fee And Other Stories is a luminous, skillfully-crafted collection about little lives narrated in a distinctively compelling voice.’ —Roanna Gonsalves, judge for the 2021 Carmel Bird Digital Literary Award


Now available as an audiobook. Listen to a sample.

Available for purchase from Spotify.

Also available from Audible | Kobo | Google Play | Apple | Chirp | Scribd | Nook | Libro | BingeBooks


In case you missed it: Dastan-story, an online event with Rashida Murphy and friends.

About the Author

RASHIDA MURPHY is a writer living on the lands of Whadjuk people of the Noongar Nation in Boorloo/Perth. She is the author of The Historian’s Daughter, published in 2016 by UWA Publishing. Her stories, essays and poems have appeared in the Westerly, Cordite Review, Landscapes and Journal as well as in several anthologies, including Of Indian Origin and Feminine Rising. She is currently working on a new novel.



Cover Artwork: Bettina Kaiser




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Our titles are distributed by NewSouth Books through Alliance Distribution Services:
Tel: 02 4390 1300

Additional information




W:133mm H:203mm



Publication Date:

1 January 2022



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