Boroondara Library Service staff have chosen some of the best titles from contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander authors. There are some incredible writers currently shaping the Australian literary landscape and giving perspective to Australian history and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander authors lived experience. With stories across many genres, non-fiction, poetry and biography, you are sure to find a few new favourites here. 

To find Indigenous Dreamtime stories, search the library catalogue for 'Dreamtime' or find Dewey 398.20994 on the shelves. 

Contemporary fiction

After story* by Larissa Behrendt
Home by Larissa Behrendt
The white girl* by Tony Birch
Terra nullius* by Claire G Coleman
Mazin’ Grace* by Dylan Coleman
Ghost Bird* by Lisa Fuller
Bila Yarrudhanggalangdhuray (River of dreams)* by Anita Heiss
The wounded sinner by Gus Henderson
Benevolence by Julie Janson
The boy from the mish* by Gary Lonesborough
Mullumbimby* by Melissa Lucashenko
Too much lip* by Melissa Lucashenko
A most peculiar act by Marie Munkara
Heat and light by Ellen van Neerven
The drover’s wife* by Leah Purcell
Taboo by Kim Scott
Song of the crocodile by Nardi Simpson
The boundary by Nicole Watson
Born into this* by Adam Thompson
The yield* by Tara June Winch
Carpentaria* by Alexis Wright 
The swan book* by Alexis Wright
Where the fruit falls* by Karen Wyld


Jack Charles: born-again blakfella by Jack Charles with Namila Benson 
Boroondara connections: stories of Aboriginal connection by residents of Boroondara
Lies, damned lies* by Claire G Coleman
Everything you need to know about the Uluru Statement from the Heart by Megan Davis and George Williams
Talking to my country* by Stan Grant
Am I black enough for you? by Anita Heiss
Growing up Aboriginal in Australia edited by Anita Heiss 
Sister girl: reflections on tiddaism, identity and reconciliation* by Jackie Huggins
True tracks by Terri Janke
Living on stolen land by Ambelin Kwaymullina
Welcome to country: a travel guide to Indigenous Australia* by Marcia Langton et. al.
Guwayu, for all times ed. Jeanine Leane
A question of colour: my journey to belonging by Patricia Lees 
Finding the heart of the nation by Thomas Mayor
Talkin’ up to the white woman by Aileen Moreton-Robinson
My place by Sally Morgan
Dark emu: Aboriginal Australia and the birth of agriculture by Bruce Pascoe
Loving Country: a guide to sacred Australia* by Bruce Pascoe and Vicky Shukuroglou
Follow the rabbit-proof fence by Doris Pilkington
Tell me why: the story of my life and my music by Archie Roach
Fire country: how indigenous fire management could help save Australia by Victor Steffensen ed. Alison Whittaker
My Tidda, my sister: stories of strength and resilience from Australia’s First Women by Marlee Silva
Top end girl by Miranda Tapsell
Fire front: First Nations poetry and power today ed. Alison Whittaker
Tracker: stories of Tracker Tilmouth* by Alexis Wright
Sand talk: how indigenous thinking can save the world by Tyson Yunkaporta

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