In this compelling book, Harold Hunt charts his life from his childhood during the Great Depression to the present. One of eight children raised by a single Mum in New South Wales bush towns, with only a primary school education, he forged a career as a stockman and shearer, but then graduated as a drunk. His recovery set him on a path to help others experiencing the same horrors he had. Though he never achieved his dream of becoming a boss drover, Harold was awarded an Order of Australia Medal in 2014 for services to the community.
This is a good yarn by an ordinary man at 90 years who has led an extraordinary life â€“ with humour, sorrow and ambition.
Harold has lived a big life in every sense, traversing most of the changes of the 20th Century. From the Corner Country, out the back of Bourke, we follow a hard and resilient man through the droverâ€™s camps, the dust storms and drought, meeting shearers, wandering swaggies and other memorable characters of the Australian bush.
In the end, it is Haroldâ€™s compelling honesty that makes this Everyman remarkable, confiding with us about the pain and pointlessness of racism, his own human failings and the love of a woman he adored but could not hold.
â€“Jeff McMullen AM, Journalist, Author, Film Maker
What makes this a remarkable story is not only Haroldâ€™s extraordinary memory for detail, but also the way his life charts how Aboriginal people survived in â€œthe bushâ€ in the twentieth century. Haroldâ€™s honesty in describing his own battle with alcohol and how he overcame his addiction is a tale of triumph and will inspire readers with his courage and determination. Haroldâ€™s autobiography, one of few written by a male, joins a distinguished list of female indigenous memoirs and sits well alongside those by Sally Morgan, Anita Heiss, Doris Pilkington and Ruby Langford Ginibi.
â€“ Irina Dunn, Director, Australian Writers Network
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