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All My Mob

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On Xmas morning I’ll get on the phone and call all my jahjams. I’ll tell my children that they are the only reason why I’m still alive. Their love, respect and support have lifted me higher than the highest mountains, and elevated me to achieve what I have with my writing and lecturing on our history in this country. I’ve wanted to open up white and multicultural Australia’s hearts and eyes to our social disadvantages, so they might help pull us outa the shit that has been created for us but not by us! Ruby Langford Ginibi – one of Australia’s great storytellers – is a survivor. Struggling to make ends meet in suburban Sydney, while also maintaining her family’s links to their land and rich cultural heritage, Ruby has some compelling tales to share. Her force of will is inspirational, and so is the connection she has with her mob. Ruby, the mother of nine children, grandmother to twenty-one, and great-grandmother to thirteen, writes about her supportive family with love, brave honesty and much humour. This brilliant collection of stories features a foreword by Dr Pam Johnston that places Ruby’s anecdotes in the context of a country which seems incapable of healing its past or of creating a better future for Indigenous people. Featuring the best stories from Ruby’s Real Deadly, plus many unpublished gems dating as far back as 1992, All My Mob’s portrayal of family life, ‘home’, and life as an Aborigine in today’s Australia is fascinating, often confronting and unforgettable. Bookseller + Publisher - 4 star review: 'All My Mob is the latest memoir by Ruby Langford Ginibi, author of Don’t Take My Love to Town, which has sold over 30,000 copies. It’s the story of a larger-than-life woman who has lived many lives and cared so deeply she had to share.'


Bitin' Back

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Bitin' Back is a rollicking comic novel that nimbly blends the realities of smalltown prejudice and racial intolerance. When the Blackouts' star player Nevil Dooley wakes one morning to don a frock and 'eyeshada', his mother's idle days at the bingo hall are gone forever. Bitin' Back is the winner of the 2000 David Unaipon Award for unpublished Aboriginal writers. Cleven's novel has been described as one of the most achieved manuscripts to come from the twelve year old Unaipon Award to-date.


Bittersweet Journey

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The long-awaited sequel to the award-winning memoir, \'Is That You, Ruthie?\'. After twenty-two years under Government control as an inmate of Cherbourg Aboriginal Mission, Ruth journeys towards freedom by marrying Joe Hegarty and moving to a nearby settlement. However, the settlement \' with its origins as a camp for displaced Aboriginal families, its system of food rations and shortage of housing and jobs \' is a difficult start for the young couple. Humour, a supportive circle of family and friends, and Ruth\'s own resourcefulness prevail, and eventually the Hegartys achieve the basics of a house for their growing family. The invasive powers of the Native Affairs Department continue to affect their lives even when, years later, they move to the city. Ruth\'s determination and irrepressible sense of fairness characterise a life vigorously committed to social justice and community causes.


Don't Take Your Love To Town

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Now for the first time I was going to live in and off the bush. Hard physical gut-busting work and stealing sheep and flocks of galahs overhead and clear hot days and keeping the fires stoked at night. We slept in the car. There was Gordon and me and the four children, and when it rained we locked ourselves in the car till it stopped. I helped him in the night stoking fires. Nearly twenty years ago, Ruby Langford Ginibi’s remarkable talent for storytelling grabbed the attention of both white and black Australians when she released Don’t Take Your Love to Town, which has gone on to become a bestseller and is now a seminal work of Indigenous memoir. Don’t Take Your Love to Town is a story of courage in the face of poverty and tragedy. Ruby recounts losing her mother when she was six, growing up in a mission in northern New South Wales and leaving home when she was fifteen. She lived in tin huts and tents in the bush and picked up work on the land while raising nine children virtually single-handedly. Later she struggled to make ends meet in the Koori areas of Sydney. Ruby is an amazing woman whose sense of humour has endured through all the hardships she has experienced. Don’t Take Your Love to Town is a brilliant memoir that will open your eyes and heart to an extraordinary woman’s story. ‘If you pick up this book, you pick up a life. It is as simple and as difficult as that. The life Langford [Ginibi] has lived in Australia is as close to the eyes and ears as print on the page makes it.’ - Billy Marshall-Stoneking, The Australian


Dreaming In Urban Areas

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"These poems are anything but motionless. Their emotions cut, determined to map out another possibility, a place of personal and social reconciliation. The tools of this poetry range from wild anology, to smart-arse juxtaposition, from calculated advise, to articulate imagery. Let it unravel you." Lyn McCredden


Every Secret Thing

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When culture and faith collide...nothing is sacred. Playful and sharp, Marie Munkara’s wonderfully original stories cast a taunting new light on the mission era in Australia. 2008 David Unaipon Award Winner.


Follow The Rabbit-Proof Fence

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This is an extraordinary story of courage and faith. It is based on the actual experiences of three girls who fled from the repressive life of Moore River Native Settlement, following along the rabbit-proof fence back to their homelands.


Hard Yards

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Roo Glover has two highly desirable talents - he can fight, and he can run like the clappers. In the inner-city's harsh code there are losers and survivors, and Roo's a survivor. He's made it through adoption, through juvenile detention, through poverty. He's an athlete in training, aching towards the dream of Olympic qualification. He's even coping with being white in the turbulent Aboriginal family of his girlfriend. But when cousin Stanley dies in custody, and Roo finds his father the same week, trouble starts to catch up with him.



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Candice is a young woman setting out on her first visit to the traditional land of her Aboriginal grandmother. When she arrives at the 'place where the two rivers meet', the twentieth century falls away and the story of Candice's family comes to life. Here in 1918, her grandmother Garibooli was taken from her family.


Home To Mother

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The children's edition of Follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence


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