Saturday, April 23, 2011

Anita’s Black Book Challenge (BBC)

Most of us have heard of the BBC’s Book Challenge listing 100 books. Somewhere (probably on Facebook) it was claimed that most people had only read 6 of the 100. When I first read the list I wondered what an Indigenous list might look like, and how many books most Australians would have read in terms of home grown Indigenous literature.

I’ve been meaning to do this for a long time, and with prompting by others, I have finally put together a list of my favourite Indigenous authored books across genres: fiction, non-fiction, poetry, children's, published plays and anthologies. This list is by no means definitive, with over 5000 published Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in Australia (see Black Words), my list is endless, but scanning my bookshelf quickly, these are easily some of my ‘must reads’ that I recommend to you.

Many of the authors I have listed below have many published works across genres, but I limited myself to one book per author. Please google the authors to see what other significant titles you might engage with.

As you’ll see, I’ve only listed 99 titles, and I’ve left 100 for YOU to fill in. I want to know what book you would add to my list... and so my blog visitors can have another title to get hold of and enjoy

Anita’s 100 (less one) Black Book Choice list is:

1. Benang, Kim Scott
2. Bitin’ Back, Vivienne Cleven
3. Bridge of Triangles, John Muk Muk Burke
4. Butterfly Song, Terri Janke
5. Carpentaria, Alexis Wright
6. Digger J Jones, Richard Frankland
7. Every Secret Thing, Marie Mankara
8. Home, Larissa Behrendt
9. Long Time Now: stories of the Dreamtime, the here and now, Alf Taylor
10. Not Quite Men, No Longer Boys, Kenny Laughton
11. Pemulwuy: the rainbow warrior, Eric Wilmott
12. Shark, Bruce Pascoe
13. Swallow the Air, Tara June Winch
14. Sweet Guy, Jared Thomas
15. Sweet Water, Stolen Land, Philip McLaren
16. The Kadaitcha Sung, Sam Watson
17. Too Flash, Melissa Lucashenko
18. A Bastard Like Me, Charles Perkins
19. Aunty Rita, Rita and Jackie Huggins
20. Born a half-caste, Marnie Kennedy
21. Broken Dreams, Bill Dodd
22. Busted Out Laughing, Dot Collard and Beryl Harp
23. Don’t take your love to town, Ruby Langford Ginibi
24. Follow the rabbit proof fence, Doris Pilkington
25. Full Circle, Edie Wright
26. Forcibly Removed, Albert Holt
27. Grease and Ochre, Patsy Cameron
28. Hey Mum, What’s a half-caste? Lorraine McGee-Sippel
29. If Everyone Cared, Margaret Tucker
30. I’m the one who knows this country, Jessie Lennon
31. Is that you, Ruthie? Ruth Hegarty
32. Jinangga, Monty Walgar
33. Kakadu Man, Bill Neidjie
34. Karobran, Monica Clare
35. Life B’long Ali Drummond: a life in the Torres Strait, Samantha Faulkner with Ali Drummond
36. Love Against the Law, Tex and Nelly Camfoo
37. Me, Antman and Fleebag, Gayle Kennedy
38. Many Lifetimes, Audrey Evans
39. Maybe Tomorrow, Boori Monty Pryor
40. My Past, their future: stories from Cape Barren Island, Molly Mallett
41. My Place, Sally Morgan
42. Pride and Prejudice, Ida West
43. Shadow Lines, Stephen Kinnane
44. Songman : The Story of an Aboriginal Elder of Uluru, Bob Randall
45. Talking About Celia, Jeanie Bell
46. The N Word, Stephen Hagan
47. Through My Eyes, Ella Simon
48. This is my word, Magdeleine Williams
49. Unbranded, Herb Wharton
50. Wandering Girl, Glenyse Ward
51. When you grow up, Connie McDonald
52. Wisdom Man, Banjo Clarke
53. Wyndham Yella Fella, Reginald Birch
54. Windradyne: A Wiradjuri Warrior, Mary Coe
55. Yami: the autobiography of Yami Lester
56. Anonymous Premonition, Yvette Holt
57. Black Woman, Black Life, Kerry Reed-Gilbert
58. Blue Grass, Peter Minter
59. Dreaming in Urban Areas, Lisa Bellear
60. Holocaust Island, Graeme Dixon
61. Little Bit Long Time, Ali Cobby Eckermann
62. New and Selected Poems : Munaldjali, Mutuerjaraera, Lionel Fogarty
63. Post me to the Prime Minister, Romaine Moreton
64. Skin Painting, Elizabeth Hodgson
65. Smoke Encrypted Whispers, Samuel Wagan Watson
66. The Imprint of Infinity, Jennifer Martiniello
67. We Are Going, Kath Walker (Oodgeroo Noonuccal)
68. Bush games and knucklebones, Doris Kartinyeri
69. Down the hole, Edna Tantjingu Williams and Eileen Wani Wingfield illustrated by Kunyi June-Anne McInerney
70. Down River: the Wilcannia Mob Story
71. Jalygurr : Aussie Animal Rhymes : Poems for Kids, Pat Torres
72. Little Platypus and the Fire Spirit, Mundara Koodang
73. Maralinga – The Anangu Story
74. Nanna’s Land, Delphine Sarago-Kendron
75. Papunya School Book of Country and History
76. Rain Flower, Mary Duroux
77. Tell me why, Sarah Jackson
78. The Cowboy Frog, Hylton Laurel
79. The Legend of the Seven Sisters, a traditional Aboriginal Story from Western Australia, May O’Brien and Sue Wyatt
80. The Old Frangipani Tree at Flying Fish Point, Trina Saffioti
81. Wandihnu and the Dugong, Elizabeth and Wandihnu Wymarra
82. When I was little like you, Mary Malbunka
83. Yarning Strong series, various authors
84. Yinti, Jimmy Pike
85. Black Medea, Wesley Enoch
86. Bran Nue Dae, Jimmy Chi
87. The Cake Man, Robert Merritt
88. The Cherry Pickers, Kevin Gilbert
89. I Don’t Wanna Play House, Tammy Anderson
90. The Dreamers, Jack Davis
91. Stolen, Jane Harrison
92. Holding Up The Sky – Aboriginal Women Speak
93. Legendary Tales of the Australian Aborigines, David Unaipon
94. Indigenous Australian Voices: A reader, Sabbioni, Jennifer; Schaffer, Kay & Smith, Sidionie.
95. Meanjin: Blak Times: Indigenous Australia, Minter, Peter (ed)
96. Macquarie PEN Anthology of Aboriginal Literature, Heiss and Minters (eds)
97. Skins: Contemporary Indigenous Writing, Akiwenzie-Damm, Kateri and Douglas, Josie
98. Those Who Remain Will Always Remember: An Anthology of Aboriginal Writing, Brewster, Anne; van den Berg, Rosemary and O’Neill, Angeline (eds.) those who remain will always remember
99. Untreated

WHAT NOW: Take this list to your own local library, school library, uni library and see how many of these books they’ve got in their catalogues. Ask them to order in the ones that are missing (if appropriate – clearly adult novels aren’t appropriate for primary schools).

Tell me how many of the 99 you've read AND tell me what book you would add to this make the 100!

Oh, as you’ll see I didn’t add any of my own books, but if you want to check them out you can click my website bookshelf here.

HAPPY READING! And HAPPY EASTER!

Anita

93 comments:

Susan @ Reading Upside Down said...

It's rather sad to realise that there are so many Indigenous Australian authors that I haven't read yet. I have only read 2 books on your list, although I have read some of the other titles by a few of the authors you have listed and I have a couple on my TBR pile.

I would add one of your books (of course). If I had to select one, I would choose 'Who am I? The Diary of Mary Talence'.

If I had to choose a book by another author, I would choose Renee Fogorty's picture book 'Fair Skin Black Fella'. I love both the story and the painted illustrations in this book.

Thank you for this list. I will definitely be aiming to including more of these authors on my reading list.

Heidi said...

I think I've read around 10, and maybe another 10 books by authors listed but different titles. Probably another 15 to twenty (I'll do the numbers properly later) are on my To Read list, some on my own shelves, some at my local library ( where I work). We've not got too bad a collection of JPIC by indigenous authors, but there's no use asking us to look at our collection. There's no money, and those in charge of spending it will only spend it on "popular" fiction, like James Patterson.

Barry Williams said...

Like the 'other' BBC list slightly above average at about twelve or so, mostly school texts. About nine on your BBC list, none were school texts though (surprise surprise).

I recently read Mary Talence and thoroughly enjoyed it, that would be my # 100.

Cheers mate, Bazza

Judi said...

Thanks for posting this list Anita. I haven't done well, although I have read a few and am currently reading That Deadman Dance (Kim Scott). This is a good forum to note the work of Fremantle Press with their Waarda series for young readers and titles such as Heartsick for Country and the artwork and stories of the Kwaymullina mob. Magabala Books in Broome is also worth a mention as an Indigenous publishing house. I will certainly follow up titles on this list - thanks for posting.

Dr Anita Heiss said...

Hi Susan - don't worry. My TBR pile is so big it needs scaffolding. I just wanted to give some ideas also for those seeking tips on what to read and by whom. Hopefully this list will help. Thanks for the plug re Mary Talence and I am waiting for my copy of Renee Fogarty's book to arrive. Soon! Hope to see you in Newcastle in the near future. Peace, Anita

Dr Anita Heiss said...

Thanks Heidi - sounds like you've got a pretty good list going yourself. What a joy to work in a library! Although my own Bowen Library (part of the Randwick group of libraries) sounds a little bit in front with it's Indigenous collection which is quite extensive. They put little Koori flag stickers on the spines of books to make it easy for students etc to grab what they need. I'm quite impressed and I don't impress easily :) And for the record, I've read some popular fiction but now one James Patterson novel!

Dr Anita Heiss said...

Dear Barry - you were always impressive and studious, head always in a book... any of them law books?? :) Glad you enjoyed Mary Talence. And thanks for adding it to the list. X Anita

Dr Anita Heiss said...

Hey Judi - thanks so much for your additions. I have sent this list to Magabala. A number of their titles are on this list and they link to their site so hopefully - fingers-crossed - they'll get a few sales. I have Kim Scott's latest novel sitting on my kitchen table just staring at me :)

Thanks for reading, and sharing here... I want it to be a place where visitors can gather more resources and ideas for reading, teaching etc.

Peace, Anita

Ana Tiwary said...

Dear Anita,
thanks for much for creating this list. I was wondering if it might be useful for libraries and book stores to display a poster with a list/covers of Indigenous books they have available? This might be educational for everyone but also encourage people to pick one of the books. A lot more promotion is needed.
Thanks,
Ana

james roy said...

"Why I Love Australia" by Bronwyn Bancroft. Lovely picture book, published by Little Hare Books.

bigwords is... said...

Anita, I think it is very modest of you not to include yourself on the list, but c'mon how there be such a comprehensive list without you on it? Your the 100th spot without a doubt.

Thanks for compiling this list - looks like I have a lot of reading ahead of me xx

Anonymous said...

58 :)
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Pam said...

This is such a fabulous list. If you like I would love for you to put a guest post on http://pocreading.blogspot.com/ about your list and about your blog!

pam@eurobands.us

Dr Anita Heiss said...

Hi Ana - thanks so much for dropping by. A poster would be great but would require images from publishers with approvals etc. I think if you can send link to any relevant libraries / booksellers in your own network that would be FABULOUS! I have already done the same also. Much appreciated.

Hi James - another great choice, thanks for adding it to the list. Peace!

Hey YG - you've topped the class so far! I do realise your 'head start'! :)

Hey Pam - thanks for the offer! Let's do it! Great stuff!

Amanda Kendle said...

What a fabulous list, I'm so glad you've put it together, but rather embarrassed to say I think I've only read three books on it. I'm trying to look on the positive side though and realise that means this list will be a very good resource for me!

Anonymous said...

Interesting list. Only read two though :( Carpentaria & My Place. What about I the Aborigine by Douglas Lockwood or even Black Chicks Talking?

Maree Kimberley said...

Thanks for the list Anita, there are a few there on my 'to read' list. To your list I'd add Leonie Norrington's The Devil You Know. Also the kids from Cherbourg State School who are on this year's CBCA notables list for early childhood books for Budburra's Alphabet.

ana australiana said...

So fantastic! My 100 would be Story About Feeling by Bill Neidjie. It helped me see and feel world and country differently....

Thankyou for this awesome challenge!

Tracy said...

Found you on twitter this morning.
Pardon for my ignorance, I haven't read any books written by any Indigenous Australian authors.
But thanks for opening my eyes to this great list to choose from.
Coming from New Zealand there is only one Maori author I have read ..Alan Duff.
Will be off down to the library with my list.

Tracy

Dr Anita Heiss said...

Hey Amanda, thanks for dropping by, and I do hope you use this as a resource to work from. That was indeed my intention. Happy reading!
Anita

Hi Anonymous - Black Chicks Talking of course. I haven't read for some years, should revisit although I have a pile of new books to read :)

I actually have a copy of Lockwood's book but haven't read it yet. It's based on interviews with Waipuldanya of the Alawa people. I'm imagining that Lockwood was a ghost writer of sorts on this book as it's written in first person, but the copyright rests with Lockwood instead of the intellectual property holder - a bug bear of mine:)

I will get to reading this book THIS YEAR! That's my public promise :) Thanks, Anita

Hey Maree! Thanks for your suggestions also. Leonie Norrington is non-Indigenous so she wouldn't be on this list. But I am VERY excited about the Cherbourg mob being on the CBCA list. Great stuff!!! Peace, Anita

Hi Ana! LOVE LOVE LOVE Story About Feeling! Good choice! Peace. Anita

Hi Tracy! So glad you popped by too. Might I also suggest from your homeland these other Maori authors: Patricia Grace, Robert Sullivan, Briar Grace-Smith, Keri Hulme, Apirana Taylor, Witi Ihimaera and Sydney Moko Mead among others. Happy reading! Peace, Anita

Anonymous said...

Hey Anita,

I think this is a fantastic idea! I was glad to see a couple of my fave texts made the cut! Although, none of your works feature on the list...sigh. I would add "Not Meeting Mr Right" by Anita Heiss to this list. Or "Speaking from the heart" by Sally Morgan, Tjalaminu Mia and Blaze Kwaymullina.

By the way I scored 18, which was actually more than I scored for that classic text list floating around facebook! Hehehe

Cheers,
Emma

Pirra said...

Thanks for compiling this list. I have a lot of reading to do now! (Embarrassed to say the amount of books on this list that I have read is a small number that I wish was much bigger)

I would add Debra Adelaide's Serpent Dust.

Stuart Reid said...

The Aboriginal Children's History of Australia (circa 1979)would have to be my all-time favourite. Written and illustrated by the chidren themselves it is a source of great joy and a few tears. I heard many copies were lost in a publisher's fire, but if you can get a copy it is a treasure to be shared with future generations.
Stuart

MissA said...

Thank you so much for this list! I'm not Australian but I'm very interested. The only book I've read (at the moment) is 'Nukkin Ya' which is YA and discusses racisim againist aboriginals.

To start, I'll see how many of these books I can get in the U.S. =)

Kim K said...

I've read about 22. I love seeing If Everyone Cared, Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town, Dreaming in Urban Areas and Carpentaria all on the same page. I love seeing Story About Feeling mentioned. I would add
100. That Deadman Dance (Kim Scott - even though you're doing 1 title per author)
101. Shadowboxing (Tony Birch)
102. Up the Road (John Harding)
103. Johnny Harding's Little Black Book of Poems (John Harding)

Thanks for a great reading list

Sue said...

Thank you so much for posting this list. I've only read 5 books on your list, I'm ashamed to say. Can I suggest Wildcat Falling, and David Unaipon's collection of Aboriginal "Legends" (spirituality rather, but call it legends to placate the white fellas). Paperbark, ed by Adam Shoemaker is another favourite of mine.I will be hitting the bookstores to find the books you have listed for us.

Sophie Masson said...
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Sophie Masson said...

hi Anita
what about Dick Roughsey's autobiography, Moon and Rainbow? Always loved his gorgeous picture books and his autobiography is also very engaging. He was an amazing man.
cheers
Sophie

Sophie Masson said...

Meant to say too that on your list I've read numbers 5, 11, 16, 23, 33, 49, 71 and 93.

Jeanne said...

Hi Anita,

Just wanted you to know that I've linked to your list on my blog. Hope that's okay!

http://ohpeacefulday.blogspot.com/2011/04/feeling-ashamed.html

Dr Anita Heiss said...

Hi Emma! thanks for wanting to add my own book NOT MEETING MR RIGHT. That made me smile. And you've got an impressive score at 18! Well done! Peace, Anita

Hi Pirra! Don't be embarrassed, the list is meant to be a springboard for discussion and further reading. I love Debra Adelaide, she's a star. However she is not Indigenous and this is a list of Indigenous authors. Here's Debra's website: http://www.debraadelaide.com/ Peace, Anita

Hi Stuart! thanks so much for the idea of the Aboriginal Children's History of Australia (Rigby 1977). I'm getting my own copy now: http://catalogue.nla.gov.au/Record/966439 Peace, Anita

Hello Miss A: Thanks for looking in the US for these titles. I am also getting the ex-President of the American Library Association to do a Native American list so drop for that one too. Just to advise that 'Nukkin Ya' is by Phillip Gwynne and is not Indigenous either. This is a list of Indigenous authored books only. Peace, Anita

Hey Kim - I have my copy of Deadman Dance here (autographed mind you!) and will get into that shortly. Can't wait! A two-time Miles Franklin Award Winner, Kim Scott is a hero of ours! Peace, Anita

Hi Sue - of course Paperbark is a classic and should be on the list! And David Unaipon is already there at #93! Happy reading, Anita

Hello Sophie - thanks for reminding us re Dick Roughsey! Of course a wonderful storyteller and addition to the list. And you've also already read a lot of books on the list. Peace, Anita
PS Pippa is my agent! :)

Hello Jeanne - I read your blog post and the comments and I wanted to say thank you for taking the list seriously and for passing onto your readers as well. Much peace, Anita

Rebecca said...

Hi Anita. This is my first visit to your blog (clicked through from Jeanne's blog). I've only read two books on this list (!) but I found a copy of My Place at the op shop this morning so that will be my no. 3. I'm looking forward to reading more of the titles.

I would add "From Little Things Big Things Grow" which has one indigenous author (Kev Carmody) and one non-indigenous (Paul Kelly). I've blogged about your list and that book here: http://gooandtitch.blogspot.com/2011/05/bbc-booklist-black-book-choice.html

Pirra said...

Thanks for the link Anita. A real face palm moment there. I forgot myself....(I recently reread it so the book was fresh in my mind and she writes so convincingly, I actually forgot for a moment your list was Indigenous authors...not Indigenous protagonists!)

I love all the further recommendations also. My to read list is becoming a novel of its own!

kevin palmer said...

Dear Anita: Being a fellow nominee at last year's Deadlys, is it O.K to nominate my book Boys' Home to Broadway? As a first time author at seventy six years of age, I was knocked out by the nomination. I've begun a sequel - Broadway to Bangalow. I thank you for your inclusion of my name in your acceptance speech.....Regards (Uncle)Kevin Palmer I have read seven and have others in my library.

Pamela Freeman said...

This is a great list and I'll be promoting it! I've read about a dozen, counting all the Yarning Strong books as one and I'm excited about finding the others!

Tokujiro said...

Dear Anita

Read about your list in to-day's SMH. Counted 25 I have read - was quite up on Indigenous writers/writing till early 1990s when I went off to Japan - not long back from there... Have been to Magabala books in Broome and friend Gayle Kennedy (who visited my wife and I in Japan a decade ago) I am proud to say, was, (briefly) at Hay WMHS a student! Another friend, Yota KRILI, translated "Women of the Sun" into Greek. This is an excellent list...what would I add? James MILLER - Koori: A Will to Win - or - Land of the Golden Clouds or Going Home or The Day of the Dog by Archie WELLER - or the anthology Paperbark (eds Jack DAVIS, Adam SHOEMAKER et al).

Anonymous said...

Love your list, Anita, and your energy! I'd have to add Footprints Across Our Land: Short Stories by Some Desert Women, or Leah Purcell's Box the Pony.

Anonymous said...

The best baby/toddler book I've ever read to my kids is Magabala Books *Aussie Toddlers Can*. My first child loved it from about 6 months to 2 years and she now reads it to my second child who, at 6 months, adores it.

It has beautiful photos of kids dancing, eating, climbing, etc, with the bonus of the children being from a range of ethnic groups. Looking at pictures of other kids is *exactly* what babies like to do.

Pauline said...

The list is a great idea and I'll pass it on to the librarian at the school where I work. I've read 20 of them. I'd add Leah Purcell's Box the Pony; Black Chicks Talking. Some of Kerry Reed Gilbert's poetry (Black Woman, Black Life). Made me go back to my bookshelf and look at some works I haven't touched for years.

Adam said...

Anita, thanks for this list.

As a big comic reader I'd suggest Brenton McKenna's Ubby's Underdogs graphic novel as a good one to include.

Would you consider including any of Mudrooroo's works on this list?

Francoise said...

Hi Anita,

I heard you today on Radio National. I have a niece and a nephew who are French/Indigenous Australians so I think I will get your book for my niece (but will need to read it first!)
Also, your list is great - two of my favourite books ever are The Kadaitcha Sung and Benang. the other list you should start is books with great indigenous characters - such as Deadly Unna by Philip Gwynne and Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey. Great to have discovered you.

wordplay said...

Thank you for the list - I've read a couple but a lot of names are new. It can be difficult finding writing by indigenous writers - I have a small bookshelf full of indigenous writing from LifeLine BookFairs that I'm working my way through, I've not read one yet that hasn't on some level helped me in my sense of what I am that is Australian, hope that makes ense - Lifeline has a seperate section which is useful and its from there I found most that I have read. Will be printing this list off and checking out the shelf, and then amazon .... thanks again.

Dr Anita Heiss said...

Thanks everyone for your comments and I am so pleased you are getting inspired and reading ideas from the list. Feel free to let others know... and indeed create your own lists and share.

Much peace,
Anita

vesselland said...

I am very disappointed that I have only heard of a couple of books on this list and only read parts of one. So I set out to find some of the books on the Melbourne City Library's catalogue to become more Black Book literate. To my surprise (or perhaps not) they only have a limited amount of the books you listed in their collection.

Thank you for sharing this list and for drawing attention to this.

Ana

Dr Anita Heiss said...

Thanks for your comment Ana and for checking out MCL for some of the titles. My suggest for everything is to give the list to the head librarian and recommend they get the books in. If that is something you can do also, then fabulous.

Much peace,
Anita

Muk Muk said...

hi Anita Muk Muk here. I'm surprised that only one person has wanted Bib Bill Neidje's Story About Feelin' added to your list: make that two now. Wonderful book. Congratulations to you and Peter on the Anthology BTW is Peter Indigenous? The book should be on the list even if he's not because all the selections are from Blackfellas. If anyone reading this knows the latest about Viv Cleven please feel free to let me know. mukmukb@gmail.com
Peace to you Anita
MM

Erin said...

Anita
My passion is children's lit so I'd have to recommend 'Idjhil'- Helen Bell, WA lad who is taken from his family.
REally can't limit to 1, so Percy Trezise' Land of ___series.

Dr Anita Heiss said...

Hi Erin - thanks for yours. I don't don't know Helen Bell's work so will definitely suss it out! Peace, Anita

Sue T said...

Have just discovered this list. I've read at least 6 on my first check (5, 7. 24, 39, 41 and 67). I've also read Scott's That deadman dance, the wonderful Black Chicks Talking. I've read Lockwood's I, the Aboriginal (but take your point). I have Tara June Winch's Swallow the air on my TBR pile ... and I should have you!

Dr Anita Heiss said...

Hey Sue - so glad you're on top of so many titles! Impressive! happy reading for the rest of the National Year of Reading. Much peace, Anita

Mickey said...

Very good, very interesting. I had not read as many as I thought I would have. Most of my reading has been authors from around where I live.

Off the top of my head here are a few suggested additions to this excellent list...

Little Black Bastard / Noel Tovey

The Town Grew Up Dancing Wenten Rubuntja and Jenny Green

Yalangbara : art of the Djang'kawu Banduk Marika and other members of the Rirratjingu clan, north-east Arnhem Land ; edited by Margie West

Very big journey : my life as I remember it / Hilda Jarman Muir

Lamilami Speaks / Lazarus Lamilami

Alone on the Soaks: The Life and Times of Alec Kruger / Alec Kruger and Gerard Waterford

Dr Anita Heiss said...

Wow thanks for all your suggestions Micky. Fabulous. I actually met Alex Kruger's son (or was it grandson) at the NCIE today in Redfern. Too exciting!!!
Happy reading!
Anita

Kelly said...

Goolarabooloo by Paddy Roe or No Sugar, Jack Davis are two of my favourites...

Such a great list, I think Penguin should do a range of indigenous writing just like their classics to make them widely accessible to a broader audience!

Dr Anita Heiss said...

Hey Kelly - totally agree with your recommendations, and the Penguin Indigenous Classic Series! Will make a little noise this end and see what we can manage.
Much peace,
Anita

Button said...

Have just discovered this list. I've read at least 6 on my first check (5, 7. 24, 39, 41 and 67). I've also read Scott's That deadman dance, the wonderful Black Chicks Talking. I've read Lockwood's I, the Aboriginal (but take your point). I have Tara June Winch's Swallow the air on my TBR pile ... and I should have you!

Dr Anita Heiss said...

You're off to a great start Button! I need to do a new list because there's been so many new titles come out in recent years. Happy reading!

WiderView said...

Thanks for your list, Anita. I have shared your book "Who Am I?" with many children in the various school libraries where I have worked. I shall include it (and some of the books on your list that I know are available in schools) on my history blog site to use with the Australian National History Curriculum.
Regards,
Angela Heuzenroeder

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Mic Moura-Kocoglu said...

Wonderful list, thank you, and I would strongly recommend Lucashenko's recent publication "Mullumbimby" (although she's already on the list with 'Too Flash').
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