Indigenous Australian memoir & biography

 Special priceTell Me Why: The Story of My Life and My Music

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

Archie Roach

One of the most powerful and highly anticipated life stories to be told in Australian history. A breathtakingly powerful memoir by beloved Australian music legend Archie Roach - stolen child, musical and lyrical genius and the...

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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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The Cherry Picker's Daughter

The Cherry Picker’s Daughter

Aunty Kerry Reed-Gilbert

This book is a tribute to this truly remarkable woman: their tower of strength, love and selflessness, who worked tirelessly to support all the children, who during fruit-picking season, made sure they attended school wherever it...

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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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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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A Man Called Yarra

A Man Called Yarra

Stan Yarramunua, Robert Hillman

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

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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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Talking Sideways

Talking Sideways

Reg Dodd, Malcolm McKinnon

Talking Sideways is part history, part memoir and part cultural road-map. Together, Dodd and McKinnon reveal the unique history of this extraordinary place and share their concerns and their hopes for its future.   

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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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Follow The Rabbit Proof Fence

Follow The Rabbit Proof Fence

Doris Garimara 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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Heartsick for Country: Stories of Love, spirit and creation

Heartsick for Country: Stories of Love, spirit and creation

Sally Morgan, Tjalaminu Mia, Blaze Kwaymullina

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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Johnathan Thurston: The Autobiography

Johnathan Thurston: The Autobiography

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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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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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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The Tears of Strangers

The Tears of Strangers

Stan Grant

A family memoir, charting the political and social changes of Aborigines over the period of 40 years. This is a story, spanning the generations of the 'Wiradjuri people'.

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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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Too Afraid to Cry

Too Afraid to Cry

Ali Eckermann

Too Afraid to Cry is a memoir that, in bare blunt prose and piercingly lyrical verse, gives witness to the human cost of policies that created the Stolen Generations of Indigenous people in Australia. It is a narrative of good and...

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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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Alice's Daughter: Lost Mission Child

Alice’s Daughter: Lost Mission Child

Jackie 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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Two Sisters: A True Story

Two Sisters: A True Story

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

Jukuna's rich account may be the first autobiography written in an Aboriginal language. Presented in English and Walmajarri, her determination to see her language written has made her one of our most valued authors.

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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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Things I Carry Around

Things I Carry Around

Troy Cassar-Daley, Tom Gilling

A born storyteller, Troy Cassar-Daley has at last turned his talent to sharing his own inspiring life. For the first time, Troy talks about his early life - how his parent's divorce changed things for...

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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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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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 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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 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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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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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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