Acclaimed Indigenous author and social commentator Dr Anita Heiss has put together a list of 99 of her favourite Indigenous authored books.
Inspired by the BBC’s Book Challenge, Heiss wondered what an Indigenous list might look like and how many books most Australians would have read in terms of home grown Indigenous literature. While Heiss herself claims it is by no means a definitive list, she has simply recommended her “must reads”, and limiting the list to one book per author.
A mix of genres including fiction, non-fiction, poetry, children’s, plays and anthologies, the list includes:
- Don’t take your love to town, Ruby Langford Ginibi
- Benang, Kim Scott
- Carpentaria, Alexis Wright
- Love Against the Law, Tex and Nelly Camfoo
- Bran Nue Dae, Jimmy Chi
- The Old Frangipani Tree at Flying Fish Point, Trina Saffioti
- New and Selected Poems : Munaldjali, Mutuerjaraera, Lionel Fogarty
- Shadow Lines, Stephen Kinnane
Check out the full list on Anita Heiss’s blog.
Additionally, check out Black Words for works of literature by over 5000 published Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in Australia.
How many have you read?