This booklist is an introduction to some of the Indigenous Australian authors shaping the Australian literary landscape and giving perspective to Australian history and Indigenous lived experience.

Three of our favourites are:

  • The white girl by Tony Birch is a contemporary novel which draws the reader in and keeps the momentum while exploring how far someone will go for love
  • Sally Morgan’s autobiography My place, first published in 1987, continues to be a powerful story for readers young and old. Here, Morgan explores her family’s past, the stolen generation, displacement, and growing up black in Australia.
  • Dark emu by Bruce Pascoe questions the narrative of hunter gatherer, using first settler diaries and historical landmarks to uncover a rich and thriving Indigenous community before white settlement.

Contemporary fiction

Home by Larissa Behrendt
The white girl by Tony Birch
Mazin’ Grace by Dylan Coleman
Benevolence by Julie Janson
Too much lip by Melissa Lucashenko
Heat and light by Ellen van Neerven
Taboo by Kim Scott
Song of the crocodile by Nardi Simpson
The boundary by Nicole Watson
The yield by Tara June Winch
Carpentaria by Alexis Wright 

Non-fiction

Jack Charles: born-again blakfella by Jack Charles with Namila Benson 
Growing up Aboriginal in Australia edited by Anita Heiss 
A question of colour: my journey to belonging by Patricia Lees 
My place by Sally Morgan
Dark emu: Aboriginal Australia and the birth of agriculture by Bruce Pascoe
Follow the rabbit-proof fence by Doris Pilkington
Tell me why: the story of my life and my music by Archie Roach
My Tidda, my sister: stories of strength and resilience from Australia’s First Women by Marlee Silva
Top end girl by Miranda Tapsell
Fire country: how indigenous fire management could help save Australia by Victor Steffensen
Fire front: First Nations poetry and power today edited by Alison Whittaker
Sand talk: how indigenous thinking can save the world by Tyson Yunkaporta

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