Toyo by Lily Chan | Black Inc.

Toyo: A Memoir

Awards for Toyo

  • Winner, 2013 Dobbie Literary Award
  • Shortlisted, 2013 Colin Roderick Award

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About the author

Lily Chan

Lily Chan was born in Kyoto, raised in Narrogin and now resides in Melbourne. Toyo was the recipient of the 2010 Peter Blazey Fellowship for a manuscript-in-progress.

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Praise for Toyo

‘[Chan’s] tender voice is remarkably consistent and filled with indelible images of her grandmother's other world.’ —the Age


‘You can see why Chan … won the Peter Blazey Fellowship for manuscript-in-progress for this book.’ —the Australian


‘This is a beautifully lyrical and compelling voice, infused with deep insight and love’ —Alice Pung

‘Colourful, astonishing and intelligent.’ —Courier Mail


‘Vivid and surprising at every turn’ —Amanda Lohrey


‘An exquisite memoir’ —Manly Daily


Teachers' Resources


family, relationships, society and culture, expectations, identity and belonging

Reading age

Years 9–12


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