Alexis Wright





Alexis Wright

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in Australia
November 25, 1950

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Alexis Wright is from the Waanji people from the highlands of the southern Gulf of Carpentaria. Her acclaimed first novel Plains of Promise was published in 1997 by University of Queensland Press and was shortlisted in the Commonwealth Writers' Prize, The Age Book of the Year, and the NSW Premier's Awards. The novel has been translated into French.

Alexis has published award-winning short stories and her other books are the anthology Take Power (Jukurrpa Books, l998), celebrating 20 years of land rights in Central Australia; and Grog War (Magabala,1997), an examination of the alcohol restrictions in Tennant Creek.

Her latest novel, Carpentaria was published by Giramondo in 2006. An epic set in the Gulf country of north-western Queensland, fro
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Average rating: 3.53 · 526 ratings · 104 reviews · 11 distinct works · Similar authors
Carpentaria
3.46 of 5 stars 3.46 avg rating — 337 ratings — published 2006 — 16 editions
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The Swan Book
3.55 of 5 stars 3.55 avg rating — 131 ratings — published 2013 — 3 editions
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Plains of Promise
3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 37 ratings — published 1997 — 2 editions
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Grog War
4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 9 ratings — published 1997 — 2 editions
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Sweet Seduction
5.0 of 5 stars 5.00 avg rating — 2 ratings — published 2011 — 3 editions
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Carpentaria: A Novel
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For The Love of Them (Evans...
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Le Pacte Du Serpent Arc En ...
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“We are swapping band-aid education for brand new education, sealing the cracks – all the holes in the broken-down fences of Australian education policy for Indigenous peoples. Yes, they continued the better education, we know what is best rhetoric in their on-going war with the sceptic observer whom they continually accused was pass em this and not pass em that – always out to destroy Aboriginal people like a record still stuck in the same grove. Anyway. Whatever. Agree or not. This was the hammer, even in officially recognised Aboriginal Government, pulping confidence. The hammer that knocked away the small gains through any slip of vigilance. The faulty hammer that created weak ladders to heaven.”
Alexis Wright, The Swan Book

“Suddenly, the swan dropped down from the sky, flew low over the swamp, almost touching the water, just slow enough to have a closer look at the girl. The sight of the swan’s cold eye staring straight into hers, made the girl feel exposed, hunted and found, while all those who had suddenly stopped eating fish, watched this big black thing look straight at the only person that nobody had ever bothered having a close look at. Her breathing went AWOL while her mind stitched row after row of fretting to strangle her breath: What are they thinking about me now? What did the swan have to single me out for and not anyone else standing around? What kind of premonition is this? Heart-thump thinking was really tricky for her. She feasted on a plague of outsidedness. It was always better never to have to think about what other people thought of her.”
Alexis Wright, The Swan Book

“So my brain is as stuffed as some old broken-down Commodore you see left in the bush.”
Alexis Wright, The Swan Book

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