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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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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 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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Essential reading to better understand what being aboriginal means

This book challenged a lot of my assumptions about what being aboriginal means. As a white Australian I have had my preconceived notions. But heading the stories in this book helped me see a fuller picture and tho I recognise I will never know what it means to be aboriginal, I have a better understanding now. I recommend this to anyone interested in learning about how to be a better ally.

It’s an excellent companion for those on a journey towards being anti racist and to decolonisation. Without this kind of understanding reconciliation is at best an exercise in obligation and worse does more damage based on assumptions.

I thoroughly enjoyed these stories and all the feels they bring. Heartbreaking injustice, tenderness, pride, connection to country, disconnection in the stolen generation... it’s truly inspiring.

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I didn't learn anything

Just a collection of personal recounts of being bullied in school. Not informative or educational. perhaps I was expecting something else.

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Thought provoking

I feel most Australians need to hear these stories. They are engaging and rhought provoking l. A fabulous collection.

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A gift to white Australians

If you have ever been called a racist and reacted strongly with “no I’m not” then this book is for you. Every human being is racist and the true response at being accused of this is to say, teach me!

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An eye opener

Every Aussie should read this book. It dispels a lot of the myths and prejudices that we so easily believe without getting our facts straight. No I don’t think it would have been easy for any aboriginal person growing up amongst the ignorance.

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Ear and Eye opening

An authentic and no holds barred account of individual stories full of expression, emotion and resilience

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  • 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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  • Rebecca
  • 23-03-2021

Every non-Indigenous Australian should read this

Speaking as a white Australian woman, I am grateful for the opportunity to read this collection of stories from a wide range of Aboriginal voices.

I believe it is the responsibility of every non-Indigenous Australian to take the time to educate themselves on the true history of this country and the ongoing traumas experienced by Indigenous Australians.

If you take the opportunity to read these accounts, and to learn from them, it will open your eyes to the living realities of what it is to be Aboriginal in Australia. It may even go some of the way towards healing the damage that has been done.

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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.

In the spirit of reconciliation, Audible Australia acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respect to their elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.