On Xmas morning I’ll get on the phone and call all my jahjams. I’ll tell my children that they are the only reason why I’m still alive. Their love, respect and support have lifted me higher than the highest mountains, and elevated me to achieve what I have with my writing and lecturing on our history in this country. I’ve wanted to open up white and multicultural Australia’s hearts and eyes to our social disadvantages, so they might help pull us outa the shit that has been created for us but not by us!
Struggling to make ends meet in suburban Sydney, while also maintaining her family’s links to their land and rich cultural heritage, Ruby has some compelling tales to share. Her force of will is inspirational, and so is the connection she has with her mob. Ruby, the mother of nine children, grandmother to twenty-one, and great-grandmother to thirteen, writes about her supportive family with love, brave honesty and much humour.
This brilliant collection of stories features a foreword by Dr Pam Johnston that places Ruby’s anecdotes in the context of a country which seems incapable of healing its past or of creating a better future for Indigenous people. Featuring the best stories from Ruby’s Real Deadly, plus many unpublished gems dating as far back as 1992, All My Mob’s portrayal of family life, ‘home’, and life as an Aborigine in today’s Australia is fascinating, often confronting and unforgettable.