2021 - Shortlisted
In A Question of Colour, Pattie Lees presents a vivid and affecting record of her life, which was shaped by her removal from her mother at age 10. In spite of the painful subject matter, this is a warm and engaging memoir with a strong sense of place, and one that illuminates under-told individual and social histories. It is at once an important story which represents a generation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, and a compelling narration of Lees’ own life. The book evokes with wit and directness experiences that are more frequently the stuff of official reports, scholarship or media features, if they are not left out of the national conversation altogether.