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Description - Jack Charles: Born-again Blakfella by Jack Charles

Jack Charles has worn many hats throughout his life- actor, cat burglar, musician, heroin addict, activist, even Senior Victorian Australian of the Year. But the title he's most proud to claim is that of Aboriginal Elder.

Stolen from his mother and placed into institutional care when he was only a few months old, Uncle Jack was raised under the government's White Australia Policy. The loneliness and isolation he experienced during those years had a devastating impact on him that endured long after he reconnected with his Aboriginal roots and discovered his stolen identity. Even today he feels like an outsider; a loner; a fringe dweller.

In this honest and no-holds-barred memoir, Uncle Jack reveals the 'ups and downs of this crazy, drugged up, locked up, fucked up, and at times unbelievable, life'. From his sideline as a cat burglar, battles with drug addiction and stints in prison, to gracing the nation's stages and screens as he dazzled audiences with his big personality and acting prowess, he takes us through the most formative moments of his life.

By turns heartbreaking and hilarious, Jack Charles- Born-again Blakfella is a candid and uplifting memoir from one of Australia's finest and most beloved actors.

'A hell of a yarn, a howl, a celebration and a gift to us all, told by a huge-hearted, gutsy survivor.' Paul Kelly

' Uncle Jack's charm and dignity rises from every page and holds the reader in his thrall.' The Sydney Morning Herald

'A vivid and timely story, which deserves to be read by every Australian.' The Canberra Times

'Told with heart-wrenching honesty and humour ... This is a book we all need to read.' Chris Gordan, Readings

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