Living In Hope
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Living In Hope

Frank Byrne, Frances Coughlan, Gerard Waterford

Winner of the Most Underrated Book of the Year Award 2018

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.

Written by Frank Byrne with Frances Coughlan and Gerard Waterford

‘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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