Wild Cat Falling is a novel published in 1965, in Australia. Its author, Mudrooroo (or Colin Johnson), claimed to be the first Aboriginal author in Australia to publish a novel but his aboriginality is now in doubt. In any case, David Unaipon had similar success in the 1920s. The novel depicts the life of a former 'bodgie' as he leaves jail and cynically searches for purpose in life, to highlight this Mudrooroo leaves the main character unnamed, although in page 121, the old man says that this character is "Jessie Duggan's boy." The novel uses a series of flashbacks to highlight the main character's struggle in the past. Wild Cat Falling also shows the effects of the Australian Government's former policy of Assimilation and an Aboriginal's struggle for access and equity in the Australian legal system. As a result of this Wild Cat Falling has been said to be a 'political message'.
Mudrooroo was actually born to a white mother and African-American father.