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AUSTRALIAN WOMEN WRITERS 2013 WRAP UP

AUSTRALIAN WOMEN WRITERS 2013 WRAP UP

BOOKS I HAVE READ AND REVIEWED

Thanks to everyone who contributed to making AWW so great.  I especially liked the summaries which you wrote as the year progressed.  Keep up the good work.

In 2013, I continued to read and learn about Australia and its women writers.  I read a total of 27 of books.  17 of them either dealt with Indigenous people and/or diversity or were by women from those groups.

My favorite books for AWW were Alexis Wright’s The Swan Book and Henry Handel Richardson’s Fortunes of Richard Mahoney.   I read the latter with Christine Houen, which added to appreciation of the book.

LIST OF BOOKS READ AND REVIEWED FOR AWW.
(* Means Indigenous or Diversity reading)

7 NOVELS 

*Empire Day, by Diane Armstrong.

*Entitlement, by Jessica White.

Gone, by Jennifer Mills.

*Red Dirt Talking, by Jennifer Wright.

Five Bells, by Gail Jones.

*The Swan Book, by Alexis Wright.

*Purple Threads, by Jeanine Leane.

 

7 Australian author, non-Australian Content

*Let the Dead Lie, by Malla Nunn.

*Running Dogs, by Ruby Murray.

*Fish-hair Woman, by Merlinda Bobis.

*The Solemn Lantern Maker, by Merlinda Bobbs.

*Present Darkness, by Malla Nunn

*The Hamilton Case, by Michelle de Kretser.

Maurice Guest, by Henry Handel Richardson.

 

4 CLASSICS

Fortunes of Richard Mahony, by Henry Handel Richardson

The Pea Pickers, by Eva Langley.

The Harp of the South, by Ruth Park.

 

1 POETRY

Limen, by Susan Hawthorne.

 

3 MEMOIRS

The Orchard, by Drusilla Modjeska.

*Am I Black Enough for You, by Anita Heiss.

*Unpolished Gem: My Mother, and My Grandmother and Me, by Alice Pung

 

6 HISTORY, BIOGRAPHY, AND OTHER NON-FICTION

*Faith Badner: Gentle Activist, by Marilyn Lake.

*Connected Worlds: History in Transnational Perspective, edited by Ann Curthoys and Marilyn Lake.

*Drawing the Global Color Line: White Men’s Countries, by Marilyn Lake and Henry Reynolds.

*Kayena and Me, by Kim Scott and Hazel Brown.

*Unspeakable: A Feminist Ethic of Speech, by Betty McLellan.

*White Mothers to a Dark Race: Settler Colonialism, Maternalism, and the Removal of Indigenous Children in the American West and Australia, 1880-1940, by Margaret Jacobs.

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