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Alfred's War

SHORTLISTED – 2020 Indigenous Writer's Prize in the NSW Premier's Literary Awards

SHORTLISTED – 2018 Speech Pathology Australia's Book of the Year (Eight to Ten Years category)

Alfred’s War
is a powerful story that unmasks the lack of recognition given to Australian Indigenous servicemen who returned from the WWI battlelines. Alfred was just a young man when he was injured and shipped home from France. Neither honoured as a returned soldier or offered government support afforded to non-Indigenous servicemen, Alfred took up a solitary life walking the back roads – billy tied to his swag, finding work where he could.

Rachel Bin Salleh’s poignant narrative opens our hearts to the sacrifice and contribution that Indigenous people have made to Australia’s war efforts, the true extent of which is only now being revealed.


Praise for Alfred's War

"'Alfred’s War' is particularly poignant due to its Indigenous lens and a story not often told... Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander veterans are still fighting for the recognition they deserve."
Laura Jones, South Sydney Herald

"[Alfred’s War] is poignant and subtle, its emotional power heightened by its restraint… There is a delicate, dreamlike-quality to the watercolour illustrations by Samantha Fry."
Rosemary O'Neill, The Australian

Rachel Bin Salleh

Rachel Bin Salleh is descended from the Nimunburr and Yawuru peoples of the Kimberley region of Western Australia. She has worked in publishing for over 20 years and is passionate about Indigenous people telling their stories. Rachel lives in Broome...

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Samantha Fry

Samantha Fry grew up in the Northern Territory and lives in Darwin. She is descended from the Dagiman people from Katherine and as a child lived in remote communities across the Top End. Samantha is an accomplished artist and talented...

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