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1. Yerada Lij Australia

‘This is a gripping story well told.

Sheger FM Radio 102.1, April 30, 2020

Welcome to Yerada Lij Australia. We write books & a blog that tell Ethiopia’s story. The beautiful African country is full of self-sufficient supporters of the helpless – yerada lij. They inspire us to write about a country that deserves recognition. To learn more, click here.

In 2020, we released our first book Lucy’s People: An Ethiopian Memoir by Mesfin Tadesse with Ianet Bastyan. For a book description, click here.

2. Lucy’s People: An Ethiopian Memoir

2nd Edition Release

Right now, Yerada Lij Australia is preparing a 2nd edition of Lucy’s People. We will release it soon internationally. We have edited the manuscript and had a new cover design. The book is ready for the interior designer. It will be available as Print on Demand & eBook.

The story is the same. Our 2nd edition has a bibliography & extended parts. It is about the same size as the 1st edition. For print editions, we have kept the photos and added a couple more.

For more about our book, click here.

To read extracts, click here.

These Addis Ababa Bookshops Stock the 1st Edition

  • Ankeboot Book Store 0111 575 910
  • Birana Book Store 0930 364 287 / 0944 342 223
  • Engineer Alazar Exclusive International Book Center 0909 563 456
  • Ineho Books 0912 735 000 / 0911 469 954
  • Knowledge Gate Bookshop & Stationery 0911 026 529         
  • Walia Book Store: Ikhlas building, nr Hemen Hospital, Arat Kilo 095 656 0000                     
  • Wisdom Littmaan Books 0911 899 468
  • Zewdu Book Store 092 064 1201
Draft cover for new edition of Lucy's People: An Ethiopian Memoir by Mesfin Tadesse with working title Saba's People: An Ethiopian Memoir by Mesfin Tadesse if published by Yerada Lij Australia
Draft cover for Lucy’s People, 2nd edition. The title was a working title. We are keeping ‘Lucy’s People’.

3. About Our Blog

Ethiopian Culture & Innovations: Gifts to the World

With over 80 different ethnic groups, Ethiopia’s culture is rich. She has given the world these:

  • Formula for aspirin. It was written in an ancient Orit Yehuda monastery goat-skin book or birana. For a video about goatskin books, click here. The book’s title was Audenegiste. To read an article on Ethiopia’s traditional medicine, click here.
  • Astronomy, thousands of years before the Christian era. To read about it, click here.
  • Pentatonic music scale – the Ethiopian St Yared created it in the 7th century AD. To read about St Yared, click here.
  • GPS – An Ethiopian-born scientist invented it. His name was Kitaw Ejigu. To read about him, click here.
  • Today, in Addis Ababa, an IT expert has developed a device for people who are blind or have low vision. The device is used with special reading glasses, to read without braille. When walking in the streets, the mobile device alerts them to obstacles ahead. Once a person’s details are recorded, the device advises when that person approaches. This technology will enable people who are blind to be independent.

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4. Authors

13th-Century Bete Mariyam Lalibela Monastery Foundation Orit Yehuda (Ethiopian Jewish) Minga and Crosses

Blog & book authors Mesfin & Ianet at Lalibela

Mesfin Tadesse is the main author of Lucy’s People. It is his story. Born in Ethiopia, he studied and worked there.

Ianet Bastyan is Mesfin’s co-author. She is Australian. Mesfin’s memoir is her first extended writing.

For more about us, click here.

Photo: At Bete Mariyam, Lalibela Rock-hewn Monasteries © Mesfin Tadesse, 2017

Featured image: Pelicans Over Lake Tana, Source of the Blue Nile River © Mesfin Tadesse, 2020

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