Snake Cradle: Autobiography of a Black Woman

Sykes, Roberta

Published by Allen & Unwin, 1997
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Softcover, reprint, 470gms, 330 pages. Snake Cradle is the first volume of Roberta Sykes's three volume autobiography. Book is in good condition with minor general wear and tear and mild page discolouration throughout, otherwise no other pre-loved markings. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # BIOAUS386

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Synopsis: 'Once, in winter, after I had scrambled up the hill beside the cathedral, a snake and I were both enjoying basking in the warmth of the sun's mid-morning rays, when we spotted each other. It was a powerful moment. We fell into complete stillness, each looking at the other's eyes and watching to see whether the other meant any harm. At the end of our mutual appraisal, I knew the snake was not a danger to me and continued to lay on the rock without fear. Although other smaller snakes, to Mum's mortification, sometimes slipped in and out of the retaining walls beside our house, this cathedral snake became my first real encounter.'Snake Cradle is the first volume of Roberta Sykes's three volume autobiography, Snake Dreaming. Snake Cradle chronicles the early years of one of Australia's best known activists for Aboriginal rights, from the time of her birth in Townsville in the 1940s through to the birth of her son when she was 17, and the trial of the men who raped her.Roberta's voice is strong and true as she describes far north Queensland of the time, her battles with a series of childhood illnesses, and her growing awareness that hers was not an ordinary Australian childhood. Born to a white mother and a father whose identity she did not know, her passion and commitment to the struggles of the Aboriginal people was shaped by the racism her dark skin invoked. A powerful and moving autobiography about a history that must never be forgotten.

About the Author: Dr Roberta Sykes was born in the 1940s in Townsville and is one of Australia's best known activists for Aboriginal rights. She received both her Master and Doctorate of Education at Harvard University, has been a consultant to the NSW Department of Corrective Services and the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody, was the Chairperson of the Promotions Appeals Tribunal at the ABC, and is the author of several books, including Love Poems And Other Revolutionary Actions (1979) and Mumshirl (1981), as well as having contributed to or co-authored numerous publications, journal articles, conference papers and screenplays.

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Title: Snake Cradle: Autobiography of a Black Woman
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Publication Date: 1997
Binding: Softcover
Book Condition: Good
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Edition: Reprint.

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Book Description Allen & Unwin 1997 Paperback, 1997. Condition: Good. Winner, National Biography Award 1998Shortlisted, Nettie Palmer Prize for Non-fiction, Victorian Premier's Literary Awards 1998Winner, The Age Book of the Year and Non-Fiction Prize, The Age Book of the Year Awards 1997Winner, Fellowship of Australian Writers (FAW) Christina Stead Award 1997Winner, Kibble Literary Award for Women Writers, Nita B Kibble Awards 1998Shortlisted, Colin Roderick Award 1997'Once, in winter, after I had scrambled up the hill beside the cathedral, a snake and I were both enjoying basking in the warmth of the sun's mid-morning rays, when we spotted each other. It was a powerful moment. We fell into complete stillness, each looking at the other's eyes and watching to see whether the other meant any harm. At the end of our mutual appraisal, I knew the snake was not a danger to me and continued to lay on the rock without fear.Although other smaller snakes, to Mum's mortification, sometimes slipped in and out of the retaining walls beside our house, this cathedral snake became my first real encounter.'Snake Cradle is the first volume of Roberta Sykes's three volume autobiography, SNAKE DREAMING. Snake Cradle chronicles the early years of one of Australia's best known activists for Aboriginal rights, from the time of her birth in Townsville in the 1940s through to the birth of her son, when she is 17, and the trial of the men who raped her.Roberta's voice is strong and true as she describes far North Queensland at the time, her battles with a series of childhood illnesses, and her growing awareness that hers was not an ordinary Australian childhood. Born to a white mother, and a father whose identity she did not know, her passion and commitment to the struggles of the Aboriginal people was shaped by the racism her dark skin invoked. A powerful and moving autobiography about a history that must never be forgotten. 330 pages. Seller Inventory # 403928

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