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Great Books to Read

If you love a great read you’ll love this selection of original novels by talented Australian authors…

David Unaipon Award Winners

  • 2009 The Boundary by Nicole Watson
  • 2008 Every Secret Thing by Marie Munkara
  • 2007 Skin Painting by Elizabeth Eileen Hodgson
  • 2006 Me, Antman and Fleabag by Gayle Kennedy
  • 2005 Anonymous Premonition by Yvette Holt
  • 2004 Swallow the Air by Tara June Winch
  • 2003 Whispers of This Wik Woman by Fiona Doyle
  • 2002 Home by Larissa Behrendt
  • 2001 The Mish by Robert Lowe
  • 2000 Bitin’ Back by Vivienne Cleven
  • 1999 Of Muse, Meandering and Midnight by Samuel Wagan Watson
  • 1998 Is That You Ruthie? by Ruth Hegarty
  • 1997 When Darkness Falls by John Bodey
  • 1996 Black Angels Red Blood by Steven McCarthy
  • 1995 Warrigal’s Way by Warrigal Anderson
  • 1994 The Sausage Tree by Valda Gee and Rosalie Medcraft
  • 1993 Bridge of Triangles by John Muk Muk Burke
  • 1992 Sweet Water, Stolen Land by Philip McLaren
  • 1991 Broken Dreams by Bill Dodd
  • 1990 Caprice: A Stockman’s Daughter by Doris Pilkington Garimara
  • 1989 Holocaust Island by Graeme Dixon

The books in bold are the ones I’ve read and can easily recommend.

Sometimes you have to hunt around for these books so the easiest solution is asking the bookshop to order them in.

I must admit I’ve been rather forthright with bookshops about asking them to make a feature display of these authors because the writing is fantastic, the stories are completely moving and we need to celebrate and focus on Australian authors, especially black writers.

Click here to go to the University of Queensland Press site with ISBN details and more.

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