Australian First Nations memoir & biography

Tell Me Why: The Story of My Life and My Music

Tell Me Why: The Story of My Life and My Music

Archie Roach

A powerful memoir of a true Australian legend: stolen child, musical and lyrical genius, and leader.

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Two Sisters

Two Sisters

Ngarta Jinny Bent, Jukuna Mona Chuguna, Pat Lowe, Eirlys Richards

Ngarta and Jukuna lived in the Great Sandy Desert. They traversed country according to the seasons, just as the Walmajarri people had done for thousands of years. But it was a time of change. Desert people who had lived with...

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 Read reviewGrowing Up Aboriginal in Australia

Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia

Anita Heiss

This groundbreaking anthology aims to enlighten, inspire and educate about the lives of Aboriginal people in Australia today.

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Tracker

Alexis Wright

Miles Franklin-winning author Alexis Wright has crafted a memoir in story form of the charismatic Indigenous leader Tracker Tilmouth, and an epic portrait of a important period in the political life of Australia, reminiscent in...

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My Place

My Place

Sally Morgan

Traces the experiences of Sally Morgan's life, growing up in Perth in the 50s & 60s. Through the memories and images of her childhood and adolescence, vague hints and echoes begin to emerge and a fascinating story unfolds - a...

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 Read reviewNot Just Black and White

Not Just Black and White

Lesley Williams, Tammy Williams

Two remarkable women tell an inspirational story about the power of family and pursuing your dreams. Lesley Williams is forced to leave Cherbourg Aboriginal Settlement and her family at a young age to work as a domestic servant....

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Living In Hope

Living In Hope

Frank Byrne, Frances Coughlan, Gerard Waterford

A memoir of boyhood by a man who was removed as a child - from country, from culture and language, from family, from his mother.  

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Johnathan Thurston

Johnathan Thurston

Johnathan Thurston

Johnathan Thurston is widely regarded as rugby league's greatest player. This autobiography will follow Thurston's journey from a Brisbane kid who was written off as too skinny, too slow and too wild to play professionally, to his...

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A Long Way from No Go

A Long Way from No Go

Tjanara Goreng Goreng, Julie Szego

This is a memoir of an Aboriginal woman, Tjanara Goreng Goreng, who began life without any of the advantages of her fellow non-Indigenous Australians except for grit, humour and diverse talent in spades. Through one woman's story,...

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Don't Take Your Love To Town

Don’t Take Your Love To Town

Ruby Langford Ginibi

This is a story of extraordinary courage in the face of poverty and tragedy. She writes about the changing ways of life in Aboriginal communities - rural and urban; the disintegration of traditional lifestyles and the sustaining...

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Follow The Rabbit Proof Fence

Follow The Rabbit Proof Fence

Doris Pilkington

The film Rabbit-Proof Fence is based on a true account of Doris Pilkington's mother Molly, who as a young girl led her two sisters on an extraordinary 1,600 kilometre walk home. Under Western Australia's removal policy of the...

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 Read reviewAm I Black Enough For You?

Am I Black Enough For You?

Anita Heiss

The author gives a firsthand account of her experience as a woman with an Aboriginal mother and Australian father and explains the development of her activists consciousness

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 Read reviewTalking To My Country

Talking To My Country

Stan Grant

An extraordinarily powerful and personal meditation on race, culture and national identity by one of Australia's leading journalists.

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 Read reviewJack Charles: Born-again Blakfella

Jack Charles: Born-again Blakfella

Jack Charles

Jack Charles has worn many hats throughout his life: actor, cat burglar, musician, heroin addict, activist, even Senior Victorian Australian of the Year. But the title he's most proud to claim is that of Aboriginal Elder.

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A Man Called Yarra

A Man Called Yarra

Robert Hillman, Stan Yarramunua

A Man Called Yarra is an inspiring memoir of overcoming hardship and striving for a better life.

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My Longest Round

My Longest Round

Wally Carr, Gaele Sobot

I've been fighting since the day I was born. No, I've been fighting from the time I was curled up inside my mother's belly. The day my father shot himself in the head, that's when my fight started. - Wally Carr

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Defying the Enemy Within

Defying the Enemy Within

Joe Williams

Former NRL player, world boxing title holder and proud Wiradjuri First Nations man Joe Williams was always plagued by negative dialogue in his head, and the pressures of elite sport took their toll. Joe eventually turned to drugs...

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Black Chicks Talking

Black Chicks Talking

Scott Rankin, Leah Purcell

Leah Purcell features in this series of interviews with Aboriginal women making their mark on the Australian political and cultural landscape.

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Heartsick for Country: Stories of Love, spirit and creation

Heartsick for Country: Stories of Love, spirit and creation

Blaze Kwaymullina, Sally Morgan

The stories in this anthology speak of the love between Aboriginal peoples and their countries. They are personal accounts that share knowledge, insight and emotion, each speaking of a deep connection to country and of feeling...

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Speaking From the Heart

Speaking From the Heart

Sally Morgan

Eighteen Aboriginal Australians from across the country each share a powerful story which is central to their own lives, and or to their family or community.

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Of Ashes and Rivers That Run to the Sea

Of Ashes and Rivers That Run to the Sea

Marie Munkara

Heartbreaking, darkly funny and deeply moving, Of Ashes and Rivers that Run to the Sea is a fearless account of being a young woman caught between two worlds.

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Auntie Rita

Auntie Rita

Jackie Huggins, Rita Huggins

Rita Huggins was stolen from her country as a child, and taken to the Cherbourg Aboriginal Reserve. From that time, Rita had the desire to make something better for herself, her family, and the Aboriginal people. The 1960s ushered...

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Alice's Daughter: Lost Mission Child

Alice’s Daughter: Lost Mission Child

Ms Jacki Ferro, Rhonda Collard-Spratt

My story is not about blame. It's about sharing history that belongs to all of Australia. I needed a push, but I am happy to finally give little Rhonda a voice, so that my.....

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 Read reviewOld Man's Story: The Last Thoughts of Kakadu Elder Bill Neidjie

Old Man’s Story: The Last Thoughts of Kakadu Elder Bill Neidjie

Bill Neidjie, Mark Lang

Right then,' he said with a sigh, and then turned to me with a grin. 'I tell you story, eh!' Then he said something which really floored me: 'I been waiting for you. You been waiting for me.' And so began Bill Neidjie's...

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The Bauhinia Tree: The Life of Kankawa Olive Knight

The Bauhinia Tree: The Life of Kankawa Olive Knight

Yuwali

The memoir of Olive Knight (Kankawa Nagarra), a Wangkajungka woman who has led the most extraordinary life.

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Simply Ing

Simply Ing

Helen (Ing) Nellie, Margaret O'Brien

Ing has lived through many family tragedies. Her honest experiences reflect her indomitable spirit and give insight into the lives of Aboriginal people

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