'Now for the first time I was going to live in and off the bush. Hard physical gut-busting work and stealing sheep and flocks of galahs overhead and clear hot days and keeping the fires stoked at night. We slept in the car. There was Gordon and me and the four children, and when it rained we locked ourselves in the car till it stopped. I helped him in the night stoking fires.'
Nearly twenty years ago, Ruby Langford Ginibi’s remarkable talent for storytelling grabbed the attention of both white and black Australians when she released Don’t Take Your Love to Town, which has gone on to become a bestseller and is now a seminal work of Indigenous memoir. Don’t Take Your Love to Town is a story of courage in the face of poverty and tragedy. Ruby recounts losing her mother when she was six, growing up in a mission in northern New South Wales and leaving home when she was fifteen. She lived in tin huts and tents in the bush and picked up work on the land while raising nine children virtually single-handedly. Later she struggled to make ends meet in the Koori areas of Sydney. Ruby is an amazing woman whose sense of humour has endured through all the hardships she has experienced. Don’t Take Your Love to Town is a brilliant memoir that will open your eyes and heart to an extraordinary woman’s story.
‘If you pick up this book, you pick up a life. It is as simple and as difficult as that. The life Langford [Ginibi] has lived in Australia is as close to the eyes and ears as print on the page makes it.’ - Billy Marshall-Stoneking, The Australian About the Author
Ruby Langford Ginibi's bestselling first book is now back in print.With sales of over 30,000 copies since publication in 1988, Don't Take Your Love to Town is now a seminal work of Indigenous memoir. It has been set for HSC over a number of years and is one of the most important Indigenous life stories to be published in Australia.Ruby Langford Ginibi is a remarkable woman whose sense of humour has endured through all the hardships she has experienced. Her first volume of memoir is a story of extraordinary courage in the face of poverty and tragedy. She writes about the changing ways of life in Aboriginal communities - rural and urban; the disintegration of traditional lifestyles and the sustaining energy that has come from the renewal of Aboriginal culture in recent years.As a tribute to her life and work, this rejacketed edition of Don't Take Your Love to Town is being published to coincide with Ruby's new memoir, All My Mob.
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Comments about Don't Take Your Love to Town:
read this after seeing Leah Purcell in a "tour de force" stage presentation of the book at Belvoir Street Theatre.Book is an expansion of stage show. Make every effort to read book & see show if possible.
Series: Black Australian Writing Ser.
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 7th May 2007
Publisher: University of Queensland Press
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 20.0 x 13.3 x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.27
Edition Number: 1