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Growing up Aboriginal in Australia

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What is it like to grow up Aboriginal in Australia? This anthology, compiled by award-winning author Anita Heiss, showcases many diverse voices, experiences and stories in order to answer that question. Accounts from well-known authors and high-profile identities sit alongside those from newly discovered writers of all ages. All of the contributors speak from the heart - sometimes calling for empathy, oftentimes challenging stereotypes, always demanding respect.

©2018 Anita Heiss and Black Inc. (P)2018 W. F. Howes Ltd

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Great honest storytelling

It’s writing like this that helps me understand an upbringing and perspective so different from my own. Thank you Dr Heiss for collecting these stories and making them available to hear. Thank you for having the courage to tell your story for me to hear.

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Such a diverse range of voices!

I loved this book - hearing the diverse stories and voices of indigenous Australians from across the last century. It brought to life just how our appalling public policies and attitudes have impacted individuals and communities through generations. And demonstrates the amazing resilience of the Aboriginal people. It was both heart breaking and inspiring. So much to learn and reflect on as a white Australian.

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A powerful collection of stories

These personal stories of Australian Aboriginals bring to light what many have always known - that the resilience and grace that lives within the black community is awe inspiring. Many common threads weave throughout these diverse accounts of life, presented in a way that will make you laugh and cry and question everything you thought you knew. Thanks Dr Anita Heiss for this terrific read.

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I couldn't really get into this.

i think I would have preferred a longer story of someone's life and it could have talked about varying perspectives from different Indigenous Australians around them to get the insight into different experiences but I didn't really like this topic in such short story format as some stories seemed really surface level and didn't draw me in or give me the insight into the life of an Indigenous Australian that I wanted. I didn't read the whole thing so i can't review that but It wasn't really what I was hoping for.

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A constellation of voices ...

singing to life the great Southern land. Leading us to know the breadth and depth of what was destroyed and what Phoenix rises. Thank you Dr Heiss, thank you too, to the miracles of survival.

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An Eye opener like no other!

am happy I listened to these stories because they educated me... but at the same time, am very sad that these hardships were a daily reality for those innocent people. I just cannot comprehend how the government had stolen a generation of kids... i just can't fathem the cruelty in that horrible chapter of the recent Australian history.

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great listen

loved this book its amazing. it opened my eyes to how it is growing up. I could relate to sooo many stories.

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A wonderful collectiion

The narrators were all excellent making this a well paced and interesting collection of life stories. While they provided great insight a little more depth would have been helpful. I still highly recommend this as essential listening.

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Great stories

I really love reading/listening to people's own stories. This anthology is fascinating, so many voices and experiences, each unique and individual but also some collective themes. Highly recommend

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Thought provoking and important read.

I almost listened in one continuous sitting. Almost. I definitely had to pause between stories briefly to reflect. To breath! All such different stories, but very strong and impactful themes throughout. I honestly think every Australin should read this book and books like it.

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  • A. Rabe
  • 01-05-2019

Fantastic Book; illuminating personal stories

This collection of essays presents a range of life experiences of growing up aboriginal in Australia. Truly wonderful.

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  • Anne F.
  • 22-11-2019

A must read.

My ignorance as an Australian is astounding. This book needs to be required reading for everyone.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 24-07-2020

beautiful

Beautiful to listen to, well read, so many interesting stories. at times heartbreaking, but taught me so much and absolutely loved it!

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  • Timothy
  • 29-01-2020

A repository of many backgrounds

I'm new and ignorant to the story behind aboriginal people living in Australia. The personal accounts put together here are a good start for me to become more aware of my behaviour not just towards the natives, but practically anyone I meet out there on the streets. The female narration were clear and crisp, however, some of the recordings of the narration by men lack clarity and volume. Many times I had to adjust the volume when the male voices came on.

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  • Arlene Finnigan
  • 01-08-2019

Good enlightening read

This is a good read about a culture I have to admit I knew very little about. Some essays are more interesting/better written than others. One recurring point was that a lot of the contributors spoke about being mixed race and having to deal both with racism and with being told they weren't 'really' Aboriginal. It also give several painful personal insights into the scandal if the stolen generation.