Njunjul the Sun

A 16-year-old Aboriginal boy leaves his family and home for the big city, and as he struggles to make sense of his experience he realises that he must have the knowledge of his own people and culture in order to know who he is, and to find his direction.

'I'm heading out on m'own, down the highway to the big city. Going south. I lost my taste for knowing the old ways. I'm wanting what's new. What's exciting, what's out there on the other side of town. That's what got me on this bus. I gotta get out, see. This is my chance. My chance to do something.'

But in the city you can feel like you don't exist any more. You can't always see the sun when it comes up, or lie down safe when it sets. Your mind can go crazy, crammed with everyone else's thoughts, so you can't hear your voice on the inside. 

An outstandingly honest, original, eye-opening story about a young man daring to step out into a complex world. Njunjul the Sun will make you laugh, even as it grips your heart.

NJUNJUL THE SUN completes the trilogy, begun with My Girragundji and The Binna Binna Man, charting the journey of self-discovery of a young Aboriginal boy as he learns to draw strength from his traditional heritage and to find a way of living in contemporary Australia. The boy is now a young man of sixteen, and he leaves his community in Queensland to live in Sydney.

NJUNJUL THE SUN develops the innovative combination of text, photographs and illustrations that was established in My Girragundji.


Put Your Whole Self In

Meme McDonald took her camera to the City Baths and her photographer's eye focused on the colour and movement of a circle of older women, splashing and laughing in the pool. This was her first meeting with the Northcote Self-help Hydrotherapy & Massage group.

The stories of these women, in and away from the pool, are told with tenderness and simplicity. Provocative opinions on youth, marriage and motherhood, women at work and at home, love and the loss of it, life and death, are shared with earthy humour, courage and dignity.

Lovingly photographed and, above all, listened to, these women have something important to say. They challenge us all to question the way we perceive our lives.

'In the pool everyone is vulnerable, stripped of familiar clothing. Layers of preconceptions are peeled off and left to one side. Stiff muscles are stretched and aches, whatever their source, are soothed. Bodies emerge freer. Attitudes are loosened. Changes occur.'

This is a journey of women, re-empowered, reaching out and learning together to 'put their whole selves in'. You will laugh and cry with them, and in the end, you will love them.

 (Currently out of print) 




Nancy is worried. She's said she has a Venus Flytrap, but she hasn't really got one, and now the teacher wants her to bring it in to show the class. It wasn't really a lie, it was more like...a wish. 

At home Nancy is grabbing stories out of the air. Maybe the flytrap ate so many blowflies it got sick? She pesters Mum and One-two-three Gee, and their stories help her find something special of her own. What will Nancy tell her class in the morning?

Flytrap is a playful and inspiring book about what stories can do