Living in Hope

Author(s): Frank Byrne; Frances Coughlan; Gerard Waterford


Book one in the Inland Writers-short reads from the Centre of Australia. The killing times were barely over in the Kimberley. What I knew, even as a small boy, was that no-one argued with a whitefella. People talked in whispers. I was still so small. This is the story of the early years of my life. The story of a boy who was taken away from his mother and his family forever when he was just six years old. He had no say in it. His family had no say in it. The government had all the say in everything. A memoir of boyhood by a man who was removed as a child - from country, from culture and language, from family, from his mother. Filled with surprises and unlikely fun, this is more than just a story of surviving. From hiding out from the Japanese in spring-fed caves in the deep Kimberley, to being let loose in a paddock just like a poddy calf at Moola Bulla, to cowboy comics at the Beagle Bay mission. A story of white bosses, of priest bosses, of black stockmen and of staying out of trouble. With honesty and unexpected graciousness, Frank reminds us of a not-so-distant past and of how things happened for Aboriginal people in the North West. 'This is a very strong story of survival. A tragic reminder of the harshness and unfairness of the mission era but also the toughness and determination of our people.' Bruce Pascoe


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  • : 9780648062905
  • : Ptilotus Press
  • : Ptilotus Press
  • : 0.05
  • : December 2016
  • : ---length:- '17.8'width:- '12'units:- Centimeters
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  • : Frank Byrne; Frances Coughlan; Gerard Waterford
  • : Paperback
  • : 1811
  • : 54