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Anthologies

Heartsick for Country - Sally Morgan, Tjalaminu Mia, Blaze Kwaymullina

Heartsick for Country

Aboriginal author

Sally Morgan, Tjalaminu Mia, Blaze Kwaymullina (eds)

Indigenous Etchings—Black and Sexy

Indigenous Etchings—Black and Sexy

Aboriginal author

various authors

Indigenous Etchings - Treaty

Indigenous Etchings—Treaty

Aboriginal author

various authors

Macquarie PEN Anthology of Aboriginal Literature

Macquarie PEN Anthology of Aboriginal Literature

Aboriginal author

Anita Heiss, Peter Minter (eds)

This Country Anytime Anywhere

This Country Anytime Anywhere

Aboriginal author

various

Art

Art And Soul - Hetti Perkins

Art + Soul

Aboriginal author

Hetti Perkins

Martin Edmond - Battarbee and Namatjira

Battarbee and Namatjira

Martin Edmond

Between Indigenous Australia and Europe: John Mawurndjul

Between Indigenous Australia and Europe: John Mawurndjul

Claus Volkenandt, Christian Kaufmann (eds)

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Mawurndjul: Rarrk

Aboriginal author

John Mawurndjul

Tim Acker, John Carty: Ngaanyatjarra: Art of the Lands

Ngaanyatjarra: Art of the Lands

Tim Acker, John Carty

Jane Raffan - Power and Colour

Power + Colour

Jane Raffan

Melinda Hinkson - Remembering the Future

Remembering the Future

Melinda Hinkson

Steady, Steady: The life and music of Seaman Dan

Steady Steady - The Life and Music of Seaman Dan

Aboriginal author

Seaman Dan, Karl Neuenfeldt

Lisa Di Tommaso - The Art of The First Fleet

The Art of the First Fleet

Lisa Di Tommaso

The Circuit

The Circuit

Aboriginal author

Beck Cole, Dot West, Jane Harrison, Kelly Lefever, Kootji Raymond, Mitch Torres

Adrian Newstead - The Dealer is The Devil

The Dealer is The Devil

Adrian Newstead

Jennifer Isaacs - Tiwi

Tiwi

Jennifer Isaacs

Margo Birnberg - What is Aboriginal art?

What is Aboriginal art?

Margo Birnberg

Yannima Pikarli Tommy Watson - Marie Geissler, Ken McGregor

Yannima Pikarli Tommy Watson

Marie Geissler, Ken McGregor

Autobiographical books

Joan Martin (Yarrna) - A Widi Woman

A Widi Woman

Aboriginal author

Joan Martin (Yaarna)

Auntie Rita - Rita Huggins, Jackie Huggins

Auntie Rita

Aboriginal author

Rita Huggins, Jackie Huggins

Doreen Kartinyeri: My Ngarrindjeri Calling

Doreen Kartinyeri: My Ngarrindjeri Calling

Aboriginal author

Doreen Kartinyeri, Sue Anderson

Follow The Rabbit-Proof Fence - Doris Pilkington

Follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence

Aboriginal author

Doris Pilkington (Nugi Garimara)

Maybe Tomorrow - Boori (Monty) Pryor

Maybe Tomorrow

Aboriginal author

Boori (Monty) Pryor

Gordon Briscoe - Racial Folly

Racial Folly-A Twentieth Century Aboriginal Family

Aboriginal author

Gordon Briscoe

Ray Martin: Stories of My Life

Ray: Stories of My Life

Aboriginal author

Ray Martin

Ronnie - Tasmanian Songman - Ronnie Summers

Ronnie: Tasmanian Songman

Aboriginal author

Ronnie Summers

Snake Circle - Roberta Sykes

Snake Circle

Aboriginal author

Roberta Sykes

Snake Cradle - Roberta Sykes

Snake Cradle

Aboriginal author

Roberta Sykes

Snake Dancing - Roberta Sykes

Snake Dancing

Aboriginal author

Roberta Sykes

Ali Cobby Eckermann - Too Afraid To Cry

Too Afraid to Cry

Aboriginal author

Ali Cobby Eckermann

Business and Economy

Children's books

David Hardy - Alfie's Search for Destiny

Alfie’s Search for Destiny

Aboriginal author

David Hardy

An Australian 1,2,3 of Animals - Bronwyn Bancroft

An Australian 1,2,3 of Animals

Aboriginal author

Bronwyn Bancroft

And A Kangaroo Too - National Gallery of Australia

And A Kangaroo Too

National Gallery of Australia

Anna The Goanna - Jill McDougall

Anna The Goanna

Jill McDougall, Jenny Taylor (illustr.)

Bangu the Flying Fox - Jillian Taylor

Bangu the Flying Fox

Jillian Taylor

Bittangabee Tribe - Beryl Cruse

Bittangabee Tribe

Aboriginal author

Beryl Cruse

Scott Prince, David Hartley - Deadly D and Justice Jones: Making the Team

Deadly D and Justice Jones: Making the Team

Aboriginal author

Scott Prince, David Hartley

Scott Prince, David Hartley - Deadly D and Justice Jones  Rising Star

Deadly D and Justice Jones: Rising Star

Aboriginal author

Scott Prince, David Hartley

Desert Dog - Pat Lowe

Desert Dog

Pat Lowe

Richard Frankland - Digger J Jones

Digger J Jones

Aboriginal author

Richard Frankland

Gladys Milroy - Dingo's Tree

Dingo’s Tree

Aboriginal author

Gladys Milroy

First Australians: Plenty of Stories - Trish Albert

First Australians: Plenty Stories

Aboriginal author

Trish Albert

Jane Christopherson - Kakadu Calling

Kakadu Calling

Aboriginal author

Jane Garlil Christophersen

Bronwyn Bancroft - Kangaroo and Crocodile

Kangaroo and Crocodile

Aboriginal author

Bronwyn Bancroft

Ezekiel Kwaymullina - My Country

My Country

Aboriginal author

Ezekiel Kwaymullina, Sally Morgan (illus.)

Sylvia Emmerton - My Mob Going To The Beach

My Mob Going to the Beach

Aboriginal author

Sylvia Emmerton, Jaquanna Elliott (illus.)

Dub (David) Leffler - Once There Was A Boy

Once There Was A Boy

Aboriginal author

Dub (David) Leffler

Sally Morgan, Ezekiel Kwaymullina: Sam's Bush Journey

Sam’s Bush Journey

Aboriginal author

Sally Morgan, Ezekiel Kwaymullina

Michelle Gillespie - Sam, Grace and the Shipwreck

Sam, Grace and the Shipwreck

Aboriginal author

Michelle Gillespie, Sonia Martinez (illus.)

Scaly-tailed Possum and Echidna - Cathy Goonack

Scaly-tailed Possum and Echidna

Aboriginal author

Cathy Goonack

Shake A Leg - Boori Monty Pryor

Shake a Leg

Aboriginal author

Boori Monty Pryor, Jan Ormerod

Trina Saffioti - Stolen Girl

Stolen Girl

Aboriginal author

Trina Saffioti

Derek Pugh - Tammy Damulkurra

Tammy Damulkurra

Aboriginal author

Derek Pugh

Alice Hemming - The Black and White Club

The Black and White Club

Alice Hemming

The Legend of the Seven Sisters - May L. O'Brien

The Legend of the Seven Sisters

May L. O'Brien, Sue Wyatt (illustr.)

The Little Platypus and the Fire Spirit - Mundara Koorang

The Little Platypus and the Fire Spirit

Aboriginal author

Mundara Koorang

The Lizard Gang - Kirra Somerville

The Lizard Gang

Aboriginal author

Kirra Somerville, Grace Fielding (illustr.)

The Rocks Of Honey - Patricia Wrightson

The Rocks Of Honey

Patricia Wrightson

Walking with Seasons in Kakadu - Diane Lucas and Ken Searle

Walking with Seasons in Kakadu

Diane Lucas, Ken Searle (illustr.)

Why I Love Australia - Bronwyn Bancroft

Why I Love Australia

Aboriginal author

Bronwyn Bancroft

Wunambi: The Water Snake - May L. O'Brien

Wunambi: The Water Snake

May L. O'Brien

Education

Dr Chris Sarra - Good Morning Mr Sarra

Good Morning, Mr Sarra

Aboriginal author

Chris Sarra

Fiction, Novels

A Kinchela Boy - Christopher Bevan

A Kinchela Boy

Christopher Bevan

A Most Peculiar Act - Marie Munkara

A Most Peculiar Act

Aboriginal author

Marie Munkara

Anita Heiss - Avoiding Mr Right

Avoiding Mr Right

Aboriginal author

Anita Heiss

Alexis Wright - Carpentaria

Carpentaria

Aboriginal author

Alexis Wright

Dream Time - Sarah Starr

Dream Time

Sarah Starr

Home - Larissa Behrendt

Home

Aboriginal author

Larissa Behrendt

Steve Hawke - Jandamarra

Jandamarra

Steve Hawke

Legacy - Larissa Behrendt

Legacy

Aboriginal author

Larissa Behrendt

Anita Heiss - Manhattan Dreaming

Manhattan Dreaming

Aboriginal author

Anita Heiss

Judy Nunn - Maralinga

Maralinga

Judy Nunn

Dylan Coleman - Mazin Grace

Mazin Grace

Aboriginal author

Dylan Coleman

Gayle Kennedy - Me, Antman & Fleabag

Me, Antman, & Fleabag

Aboriginal author

Gayle Kennedy

Melissa Lucashenko - Mullumbimby

Mullumbimby

Aboriginal author

Melissa Lucashenko

Boori Pryor, Meme McDonald - My Girragundji

My Girragundji

Aboriginal author

Meme McDonald, Boori Monty Pryor

 Meme McDonald, Boori Monty Pryor - Njunjul The Sun

Njunjul the Sun

Aboriginal author

Meme McDonald, Boori Monty Pryor

Anita Heiss - Not Meeting Mr Right

Not Meeting Mr Right

Aboriginal author

Anita Heiss

Paris Dreaming - Anita Heiss

Paris Dreaming

Aboriginal author

Anita Heiss

Jeanine Leane - Purple Threads

Purple Threads

Aboriginal author

Jeanine Leane

Scream Black Murder - Philip McLaren

Scream Black Murder

Aboriginal author

Philip McLaren

Sweet Water - Stolen Land - Philip McLaren

Sweet Water - Stolen Land

Aboriginal author

Philip McLaren

D. Bruno Starrs - That Blackfella Bloodsucka Dance

That Blackfella Bloodsucka Dance!

Aboriginal author

D. Bruno Starrs

Kim Scott - That Deadman Dance

That Deadman Dance

Aboriginal author

Kim Scott

Meme McDonald, Boori Monty Pryor - The Binna Binna Man

The Binna Binna Man

Aboriginal author

Meme McDonald, Boori Monty Pryor

The Blue-Eyed Aborigine - Rosemary Hayes

The Blue-Eyed Aborigine

Rosemary Hayes

Nicole Watson - The Boundary

The Boundary

Aboriginal author

Nicole Watson

Jesse Pentecost - The Con

The Con

Aboriginal author

Jesse Pentecost

The Nargun And The Stars - Patricia Wrightson

The Nargun And The Stars

Patricia Wrightson

Alexis Wright - The Swan Book

The Swan Book

Aboriginal author

Alexis Wright

The Window Seat - Archie Weller

The Window Seat And Other Stories

Aboriginal author

Archie Weller

Noel Beddoe - The Yalda Crossing

The Yalda Crossing

Noel Beddoe

Gary Taaffe - Urban Hunters

Urban Hunters series

Gary Taaffe

Health

Aaron Stuart - The Story of Yudum

The Story of Yudum

Aboriginal author

Aaron Stuart

History books

James Boyce - 1835

1835

James Boyce

Henry Reynolds - A History of Tasmania

A History of Tasmania

Henry Reynolds

Aboriginal Australians - Richard Broome

Aboriginal Australians

Richard Broome

Aboriginal Victorians - Richard Broome

Aboriginal Victorians

Richard Broome

Eugene Stockton - Blue Mountains Dreaming

Blue Mountains Dreaming

Eugene Stockton

Sue Davenport, Peter Johnson, Yuwali - Cleared Out

Cleared Out—First Contact in the Western Desert

Sue Davenport, Peter Johnson, Yuwali

Timothy Bottoms - Conspiracy of Silence

Conspiracy of Silence

Timothy Bottoms

Convincing Ground - Bruce Pascoe

Convincing Ground

Bruce Pascoe

Giordano Nanni, Andrea James - Coranderrk

Coranderrk—We Will Show the Country

Giordano Nanni, Andrea James

Noah Jed Riseman - Defending Whose Country?

Defending Whose Country?

Noah Jed Riseman

Fight for Liberty and Freedom - John Maynard

Fight for Liberty and Freedom

Aboriginal author

John Maynard

Henry Reynolds - Forgotten War

Forgotten War

Henry Reynolds

Grease and Ochre - Patsy Cameron

Grease and Ochre

Aboriginal author

Patsy Cameron

Jessie Lennon - I'm the One That Know this Country!

I’m the One That Know this Country!

Aboriginal author

Jessie Lennon

Howard Pedersen, Banjo Woorunmurra: Jandamarra and the Bunuba Resistance

Jandamarra and the Bunuba Resistance

Howard Pedersen, Banjo Woorunmurra

Jane Mills - Jedda

Jedda

Jane Mills

Mari Nawi: Aboriginal Odysseys - Keith Vincent Smith

Mari Nawi: Aboriginal Odysseys

Keith Vincent Smith

Larissa Behrendt - Rabbit-proof Fence

Rabbit-proof Fence

Aboriginal author

Larissa Behrendt

Rock Art of the Dreamtime - Josephine Flood

Rock Art of the Dreamtime

Josephine Flood

Survival In Our Own Land - Christobel Mattingley

Survival in Our Own Land

Christobel Mattingley

The 1967 Referendum - Bain Attwood and Andrew Markus

The 1967 Referendum

Bain Attwood, Andrew Markus

Ian D Clark, Fred Cahir (editors) - The Aboriginal Story of Burke and Wills

The Aboriginal Story of Burke and Wills

Ian D Clark, Fred Cahir (eds)

Gary Foley, Andrew Schaap - The Aboriginal Tent Embassy

The Aboriginal Tent Embassy

Aboriginal author

Gary Foley, Andrew Schaap

Throwing Off The Cloak - Elizabeth Osborne

Throwing Off the Cloak

Elizabeth Osborne

Geoffrey Blainey - Triumph Of The Nomads

Triumph Of The Nomads

Geoffrey Blainey

Humour, Cartoons

Anita Heiss - Sacred Cows

Sacred Cows

Aboriginal author

Anita Heiss

Land

Deborah Bird Rose - Country of the Heart

Country of the Heart

Deborah Bird Rose

Dark Emu

Dark Emu: Black Seeds

Bruce Pascoe

Language

Law & Justice

Mythology

May O'Brien - Bawoo Stories

Bawoo Stories

Aboriginal author

May O'Brien

Die Regenbogenschlange - Christine Cerny

Die Regenbogen-Schlange

Christine Cerny

Singing the Coast - Tony Perkins, Margaret Somerville

Singing the Coast

Aboriginal author

Tony Perkins, Margaret Somerville

Personal Reports and Experiences

John Pilger - A Secret Country

A Secret Country

John Pilger

Am I Black Enough For You - Anita Heiss

Am I Black Enough For You?

Aboriginal author

Anita Heiss

Eileen Harrison, Carolyn Landon - Black Swan: A Koorie Woman’s Life

Black Swan: A Koorie Woman’s Life

Aboriginal author

Eileen Harrison, Carolyn Landon

Cockatoo: My Life in Cape York - Roy McIvor

Cockatoo: My Life in Cape York

Aboriginal author

Roy McIvor

Dog Ear Cafe - Andrew Stojanovksi

Dog Ear Café

Andrew Stojanovksi

Dreamkeepers - Harvey Arden

Dreamkeepers

Harvey Arden

Every Secret Thing - Marie Munkara

Every Secret Thing

Aboriginal author

Marie Munkara

Simon Flagg, Dr Sebastian Gurciullo - Footprints: The Journey of Lucy and Percy Pepper

Footprints: The Journey of Lucy and Percy Pepper

Aboriginal author

Simon Flagg, Dr Sebastian Gurciullo

Hey Mum What's a Half Caste? - Lorraine McGee-Sippel

Hey Mum, What’s a Half-Caste?

Aboriginal author

Lorraine McGee-Sippel

I'm Not Racist But - Anita Heiss

I’m Not Racist But…

Aboriginal author

Anita Heiss

Margaret Kemarre Turner - Iwenhe Tyerrtye - What it Means to be an Aboriginal Person

Iwenhe Tyerrtye - What it Means to be an Aboriginal Person

Aboriginal author

Margaret Kemarre Turner

Iwenhe Tyerrtye – What It Means To Be An Aboriginal Person, by Margaret Kemarre Turner

Iwenhe Tyerrtye – What It Means To Be An Aboriginal Person

Aboriginal author

Margaret Kemarre Turner

Last Truck Out - Betty Lockyer

Last Truck Out

Aboriginal author

Betty Lockyer

Life B'Long Ali Drummond - Smantha Faulkner, Ali Drummond

Life B’Long Ali Drummond

Smantha Faulkner, Ali Drummond

My Bundjalung People - Ruby Langford Ginibi

My Bundjalung People

Aboriginal author

Ruby Langford Ginibi

NT Consultations Report 2011

NT Consultations Report 2011

Aboriginal author

Concerned Australians

Orphaned by the Colour of My Skin - Mary Terszak

Orphaned by the Colour of My Skin

Aboriginal author

Mary Terszak

Storymen - Hannah Rachel Bell

Storymen

Hannah Rachel Bell

This Is What We Said

This Is What We Said

Aboriginal author

various authors

Concerned Australians - Walk With Us

Walk With Us

Concerned Australians

Yuendumu Everyday - Yasmine Musharbash

Yuendumu Everyday

Yasmine Musharbash

Politics

Black Politics - Sarah Maddison

Black Politics

Sarah Maddison

Rhonda Craven, Anthony Dillon, Nigel Parbury - In Black & White Australians All at the Crossroads

In Black & White Australians All at the Crossroads

Aboriginal author

Rhonda Craven, Anthony Dillon, Nigel Parbury (editors)

In The Absence Of A Treaty

In the Absence of Treaty

Aboriginal author

various authors

Spirituality & Poetry

Litte Bit Long Time - Ali Cobby Eckermann

Litte Bit Long Time

Aboriginal author

Ali Cobby Eckermann

Ali Cobby Eckermann - Love Dreaming & Other Poems

Love Dreaming & Other Poems

Aboriginal author

Ali Cobby Eckermann

Ali Cobby Eckermann - Ruby Moonligh

Ruby Moonlight

Aboriginal author

Ali Cobby Eckermann

Elizabeth Hodgson - Skin Painting

Skin Painting

Aboriginal author

Elizabeth Hodgson

Smoke Encrypted Whispers - Samuel Wagan Watson

Smoke Encrypted Whispers

Aboriginal author

Samuel Wagan Watson

Sport

John Maynard - Aboriginal Stars of the Turf

Aboriginal Stars of the Turf

Aboriginal author

John Maynard

John Maynard - Aborigines & the Sport of Kings

Aborigines & the Sport of Kings

Aboriginal author

John Maynard

Matthew Klugman, Gary Osmond - Black And Proud

Black and Proud

Matthew Klugman, Gary Osmond

Dizzy - The Jason Gillespie Story - Jason Gillespie, Lawrie Colliver

Dizzy: The Jason Gillespie Story

Aboriginal author

Jason Gillespie, Lawrie Colliver

John Maynard - The Aboriginal Soccer Tribe

The Aboriginal Soccer Tribe

Aboriginal author

John Maynard

Textbooks, Teaching, Studies

Felicity Collins, Therese Davis - Australian Cinema After Mabo

Australian Cinema After Mabo

Felicity Collins, Therese Davis

Sarah Maddison - Beyond White Guilt

Beyond White Guilt

Sarah Maddison

Das Australien-Lesebuch - Barbara Barkhausen

Das Australien-Lesebuch

Barbara Barkhausen

Steve Morton, Mandy Martin, Kim Mahood, John Carty: Desert Lake

Desert Lake: Art, Science And Stories From Paruku

Steve Morton, Mandy Martin, Kim Mahood, John Carty (editors)

Dharawal - Les Bursill, Mary Jacobs

Dharawal

Aboriginal author

Les Bursill, Mary Jacobs

Dialogue About Land Justice: Papers from the National Native Title Conferences - Lisa Strelein

Dialogue About Land Justice

Lisa Strelein (ed.)

First Australians - Rachel Perkins, Marcia Langton

First Australians

Aboriginal author

Rachel Perkins, Marcia Langton

Minoru Hokari - Gurindji Journey

Gurindji Journey

Minoru Hokari

Holding Men: Kanyirninpa and Aboriginal men’s health - Brian F McCoy

Holding Men

Brian McCoy

Russell McGregor - Indifferent Inclusion

Indifferent Inclusion

Russell McGregor

Larissa Behrendt - Indigenous Australia for Dummies

Indigenous Australia for Dummies

Aboriginal author

Larissa Behrendt

Tim Rowse - Indigenous Futures

Indigenous Futures

Tim Rowse

Helen Hughes - Lands of Shame

Lands of Shame

Helen Hughes

Macquarie Atlas of Indigenous Australia - Bill Arthur, Frances Morphy

Macquarie Atlas of Indigenous Australia

Bill Arthur, Frances Morphy (eds.)

Max Dulumunmun Harrison - My People's Dreaming

My People’s Dreaming

Aboriginal author

Max Dulumunmun Harrison

Tasmanian Aborigines - Lyndall Ryan

Tasmanian Aborigines

Lyndall Ryan

The Little Red Yellow Black Book - Bruce Pascoe

The Little Red Yellow Black Book

Aboriginal author

Bruce Pascoe

Marcia Langton - The Quiet Revolution

The Quiet Revolution

Aboriginal author

Marcia Langton

The Tall Man - Chloe Hooper

The Tall Man

Chloe Hooper

The Way We Civilise - Rosalind Kidd

The Way We Civilise

Rosalind Kidd

Christos Tsiolkas, Gideon Haigh, Alexis Wright - Tolerance, Prejudice and Fear

Tolerance, Prejudice and Fear

Christos Tsiolkas, Gideon Haigh, Alexis Wright

Two Way Teaching and Learning

Two Way Teaching and Learning

Aboriginal author

Nola Purdie, Gina Milgate, Hannah Rachel Bell (eds)

Up from the Mission - Noel Pearson

Up from the Mission

Aboriginal author

Noel Pearson

Us Mob - Mudrooroo

Us Mob

Aboriginal author

Mudrooroo

Travel books

Aboriginal Darwin: A Guide to Exploring Important Sites of the Past and Present - Toni Bauman, Samantha Wells

Aboriginal Darwin

Toni Bauman, Samantha Wells

Aboriginal Sydney - Melinda Hinkson

Aboriginal Sydney

Melinda Hinkson

Melbourne Dreaming: A Guide to the Aboriginal Places of Melbourne - Meyer Eidelson

The Melbourne Dreaming

Meyer Eidelson

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Aboriginal Studies Press (Canberra, Australian Captial Territory)
Keeaira Press (Southport, Queensland)