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Reading about racism

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A starting point for learning, discussion and change.

As the global Black Lives Matter movement gathers steam, communities are uniting – sparking important conversations about the root causes of racism, and how, together, we can defeat it. From the pens of novelists, survivors, journalists and academics, these books shine a light on injustice, and help to dismantle the complexities of racism in Australia, and around the globe.

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The Yield

I was born on Ngurambang – can you hear it? – Ngu–ram–bang.

The Drover's Wife

I love the snow gum.

Jack Charles

It’s the middle of the night and I’m huddled over, dragging my dilly bag, which is chock-full with all sorts of goods – jewellery, frozen food, wallets and the like.

The Coconut Children

The full moon floats in the night sky like a cataract.

Girl, Woman, Other

Amma is walking along the promenade of the waterway that bisects her city, a few early morning barges cruise slowly by to her left is the nautical-themed footbridge with its deck-like walkway and sailing mast pylons

An American Marriage

There are two kinds of people in the world, those who leave home, and those who don’t.