Title: Black and Blue
Authors: Gorrie, Veronica
Genre: Non Fiction
Pages: 236
Year: 2021
Language: English
Description: The day after being discharged from the Queensland police force with post-traumatic stress disorder, Veronica Gorrie sat down to write about her life. The blue of the title captures her ten years as one the few Aboriginal police officers, while the black details her upbringing and the intergenerational trauma experienced by her family.

Eloquent, shocking, honest and brave, this important story gives voice to a survivor and lives up to its subtitle: A memoir of racism and resilience.

Comments from BDS Reviewers:

"I think this book should be standard text for social workers, health care professionals and police, both in Australia and New Zealand."

"An insightful account of an aboriginal woman who strives to overcome the issues she, and all aborigines, face."

"It's an important read, but not always easy to read. It hasn't been an easy life for her."

"Overall I enjoyed this book and was very glad I'd read it."

"Mrs Gorrie is as honest about her own short-comings as I believe her to be about those of others."

"Although inevitably traumatic at times, one is left with a better understanding of the issues of indigenous people, and it gives hope that they (and we), can find ways through."

"Without dramatisation, self-pity or undue justification, this is a book everyone should read and consider."

"A rare aboriginal voice from a strong women who 'survives' in the midst of terrible abuse."

"An eloquent expression of what it is like to be a minority in Australia."

Categories: Biography, Culture/Ethnic/Racial, Human Rights, Social commentary/perspectives, Australia, 2023 Titles - Coming Soon


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