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Born to run: my story

Author: Cathy Freeman

Language: English

Summary: “Hi guys, ever since I was little I only had one dream – to win a gold medal at the Olympics. When I was twenty-seven years old, my dream came true. I’ll never forget that night at the Sydney 2000 Games – as I crossed the finish line, it was as if the whole of Australia was cheering for me. Sometimes I still wonder how it happened.

When I was growing up, I felt no different to anyone else. I loved having fun with my brothers, sleeping over at nanna’s and going horse riding with my dad. But I especially loved to run. With the help of my family, coaches and teachers, I became the best female 400-metre runner in the world. I hope you enjoy my story, and that it inspires you to chase after your dreams too!” (from the blurb)

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My Place, the memoir by Sally Morgan, Aboriginal writer

I know very little of Australian literature. Apart from the splendid autobiography of Janet Frame, some novels by Elizabeth von Arnim and the splendid book that someone had sent from Australia in one of Expatclic’s literary rounds, The Secret River by Kate Greenville, I can’t tell you much. Recently, however, I came across My Place by Sally Morgan, a famous Aboriginal writer. My place is … Continue reading My Place, the memoir by Sally Morgan, Aboriginal writer

Dark Emu

Author: Bruce Pascoe

Language: English

Summary:

WINNER – 2016 Indigenous Writer’s Prize in the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards

WINNER – 2016 Book of the Year in the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards

SHORTLISTED – 2014 History Book Award in the Queensland Literary Awards

SHORTLISTED – 2014 Victorian Premier’s Award for Indigenous Writing

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Freedom Ride

Author: Sue Lawson

Language: English

Summary: Fifteen-year-old Robbie knows bad things happen in Walgaree. But it’s nothing to do with him. That’s just the way the Aborigines have always been treated. In the summer of 1965 racial tensions in the town are at boiling point, and something headed Walgaree’s way will blow things apart. It’s time for Robbie to take a stand. Nothing will ever be the same.

Freedom Ride is a confronting young adult novel from award-winning Australian author Sue Lawson. Based on real events, this gripping coming-of-age story about civil rights, racism and Indigenous issues is perfectly suited for teens and lovers of historical fiction. – Source: amazon.com

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Stolen

Author: Jane Harrison

Language: English

Summary: The result of collaborative work amongst aboriginal communities in Australia, ‘Stolen’ powerfully draws together the multitude of experiences of the ‘Stolen Generation’ to create an exceptionally emotional text. Whilst the five characters stand alone on stage, and live out their own tragic, yet at times up-lifting experiences, they also stand for the thousands of children who were taken from their natural parents as part of official government policy. Rising tides of voices, slamming filing cabinets, a yelling matron all help emphasise the helplessness of individual children and families against a faceless state. The five children, Ruby, Jimmy, Sandy, Anne and Shirley explore different, and sometimes shared, aspects of being stolen: abuse, hopelessness and feeling unloved, cultural dislocation, identity confusion, and generations of stolen family members – Source: Amazon.com

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My place

Author: Sally Morgan

Language: English

Summary: Looking at the views and experiences of three generations of indigenous Australians, this autobiography unearths political and societal issues contained within Australia’s indigenous culture. Sally Morgan traveled to her grandmother’s birthplace, starting a search for information about her family. She uncovers that she is not white but aborigine—information that was kept a secret because of the stigma of society. This moving account is a classic of Australian literature that finally frees the tongues of the author’s mother and grandmother, allowing them to tell their own stories — Source: amazon.com

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