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John Danalis's family always had an Aboriginal skull on the mantelpiece; yet only as an adult did he ask his family where it came from and whether it should be restored to its rightful owners. This is the compelling story of how the skull found on the banks of the Murray River more than 40 years ago, came to be returned to his Wamba Wamba descendants.
Boori Pryor's career path has taken him from the Aboriginal fringe camps of his birth to the catwalk, the basketball court, the DJ console, and now to performance and story-telling around the country. 'You've got to try and play the whiteman's game and stay black while you're doing it,' his brother used to tell him. This is his story, told with humour and compassion.
From the moment he saw her, wrapped in a blanket at the hospital, Jesse knew that he’d be the one to look after his little sister, Rachel. This is a fractured fairytale, a dark Australian road story, but also an affecting tale about the bond between a brother and sister, and how the most unexpected people can transform lives.
My Place is an autobiography written by artist Sally Morgan. It is about Morgan's quest for knowledge of her family's past and the fact that she has grown up under false pretences. The book is a milestone in Aboriginal literature.
The Tall Man explores the community reaction and events surrounding the death of Cameron Doomadgee, a 36-year-old Palm Island man who, while walking home and singing his favourite song Who Let the Dogs Out?, was arrested for swearing at a policeman known as Senior Sergeant Chris Hurley, or 'the tall man', and was 45 minutes later found dead in police custody.
It's 1789, and as the new colony in Sydney Cove is established, Surgeon John White defies convention and adopts Nanberry, an Aboriginal boy, to raise as his son. Nanberry is clever and uses his unique gifts as an interpreter to bridge the two worlds he lives in.