My Place


FISH - Foundation for Indigenous Sustainable Health

Order of Australia Book Prize (Winner 1990)
Human Rights Award for Literature (Winner 1987)
New South Wales Premier’s Literary Award (Shortlisted 1987)

In 1982, Sally Morgan travelled back to her grandmother’s birthplace. What started as a tentative search for information about her family, turned into an overwhelming emotional and spiritual pilgrimage. 

My Place is a moving account of a search for truth into which a whole family is gradually drawn, finally freeing the tongues of the author’s mother and grandmother, allowing them to tell their own stories.

‘A book for everyone: a book with the form and texture of a novel and the complexity and pace of a mystery not solved until the final pages. It is wonderfully entertaining.’ New York Times Book Review

‘A triumphant story that makes you glad it’s been told.’ Times on Sunday

‘Sad and wise and funny … unbelievably and unexpectedly moving, Sally Morgan’s love for her own spiritual and racial roots and her struggle to uncover them reveals a new Australia (the old) and a new way to embrace the elders and the young of all our peoples, wherever (and whoever) they might be. A book with heart.’ Alice Walker, author of The Colour Purple