Not Just Black and White
Lesley Williams is forced to leave Cherbourg Aboriginal reserve and her family at fifteen to work as a domestic servant. Apart from a bit of pocket money, Lesley never sees her wages - they are kept 'safe' for her and for countless others just like her. She is taught not to question her life, until desperation makes her start to wonder, where is all that money she earned? So begins a nine-year journey for answers which will test every ounce of her resolve. Inspired by her mother's quest, a teenage Tammy Williams enter a national writing competition with an essay about injustice. Winning first prize takes Tammy and Lesley to Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch and ultimately to the UN in Geneva. Along the way, they find courage they never thought they had, friendship in the most unexpected places, and the will to make sure history is not forgotten. Told with honesty and humour, Not Just Black and White is an extraordinary memoir about two women determined to make sure history is not forgotten.
Winner of David Unaipon Award 2014.
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