Alexis Wright


Born
in Cloncurry, 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: 3.57 · 1,510 ratings · 286 reviews · 13 distinct worksSimilar authors
Carpentaria

3.61 avg rating — 798 ratings — published 2006 — 25 editions
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The Swan Book

3.35 avg rating — 504 ratings — published 2013 — 14 editions
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Plains of Promise

3.96 avg rating — 70 ratings — published 1997 — 2 editions
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Tracker

3.71 avg rating — 78 ratings — published 2017 — 2 editions
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Grog War

4.20 avg rating — 25 ratings — published 1997 — 3 editions
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Sweet Seduction

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Le pacte du serpent arc en ...

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“A goddess who had dragged herself out of the ocean then become an ordinary old woman.”
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

“While my library contains the works of travel writers, I have mostly searched for those who speak about their own place in the world. But the world is changing and many people have no place to call home. Some of the most important kinds of travel writing now are stories of flight, written by people who belong to the millions of asylum seekers in the world. These are stories that are almost too hard to tell, but which, once read, will never be forgotten. Some of these stories had to be smuggled out of detention centres, or were caught covertly on smuggled mobiles in snatches of calls on weak connections from remote and distant prisons. Why is this writing important? Behrouz Boochani, a Kurdish journalist and human rights campaigner who has been detained on Manus Island for over three years with no hope for release yet in sight, puts it plainly in a message to the world in the anthology Behind the Wire. It is, he wrote, ‘because we need to change our imagination’.”
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What should be our October Read Around the World (Oceania)?

The Bone People by Keri Hulme - New Zealand
 
  10 votes 38.5%

Magpie Hall by Rachael King - New Zealand
 
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Euphoria by Lily King - New Guinea
 
  3 votes 11.5%

The Colour by Rose Tremain - New Zealand
 
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The Swan Book by Alexis Wright - Australia
 
  1 vote 3.8%

Salt Creek by Lucy Treloar - Australia
 
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