We are delighted to announce that Archie’s Letter by Martin Flanagan was yesterday shortlisted for the Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards. Archie’s Letter is one of six children’s books shortlisted in a year that saw a record number of entries.
“A wonderful novel – a tragic story of genius and loss, of a man who, leaping at the sun, fell down in a dazzle of healing light”
One Day Hill Pty Ltd 2004
A novel based on the life of Tom Wills, the father of Australian football who coached the Aboriginal cricket team that was the first Australian cricket team to tour England. In charting the history of one man’s life, it takes the reader to the birth of sport in the country and the dramatic interplay of black and white culture.
Martin Flanagan has been writing Australian football for 25 years. The Last Quarter brings together three of his books that sum up that period. In 1970 he re-created the grand final of that year, said to be the best of the 20th century, by talking to the players, coaches and umpire.
‘Southern Sky, Western Oval’, written in 1993, portrays the events of a season set against the backdrop of a club, Footscray (now the Western Bulldogs), fighting to survive. ‘The Game In Time of War’, which starts with the first game after 9/11 and ends with the first game after the invasion of Iraq, describes an unnerving period in Australian history through the eyes of a man who distracts himself by watching football. The collection ends with an essay about the controversy that marked the AFL’s 150th year and Flanagan’s part in it, titled: ‘Tom Wills: Confessions of a Ghost Writer’.
Published November 2009
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This book is an answer to the despair of Mark Latham’s Diaries.Tom Uren is a child of the Great Depression whose politics were forged by his experience of the Burma Railway where he served under Weary Dunlop and saw how engendering a collective spirit saved lives.
From 1976-77, Tom Uren was deputy leader of the Australian Labor Party. He was Labor’s first environment spokesman, is a long-time activist for world peace and in 1998 was voted a National Living Treasure. “The Fight” is an intimate but unsparing portrait of Uren by author and journalist Martin Flanagan. It is also Uren’s view of the spirit that needs to be re-awakened for Australia to move forward in a balanced and positive way.
“Tom Uren, who I think is one of the most magnificent living beings on the face of the planet, of not just Australian but global citizens, and one who has certainly inspired me right back to the days of Lake Pedder. He is quite remarkable in that he has gone through a long life of service to Australia, to the people, including a long life of politics, at the end of that, such a remarkably wonderful human being. It is as if he was not tainted in the way that so many of us who end up in politics can be.”
Martin Flanagan, like John Marsden, is one of those rare adults who truly understands what it feels like to be a young person coming of age in today’s world. At barely 100 pages, Faces in the Crowd is not so much a novel as a series of vignettes collected by Flanagan over several decades as a journalist and observer.
Although written for teenagers, not all of the stories are about young people, nor should they be. Flanagan’s purpose is to give some small insight into the human condition, and to highlight the small acts of kindness and courage that occur every day but are often overlooked. These are the stories of ordinary people doing extraordinary things; they will make you smile with their warmth and cry with their compassion.
In a world where it is all too easy to despair, Faces in the Crowd is a beacon of hope, a genuine argument for optimism.
Arch Flanagan, 91, is a retired school teacher. In 1943, as a sergeant in the Australian Army, he was forced to labor on the infamous Burma Railway upon which it is said, that one man died for every sleeper laid.
In the 50 years since, Arch has written four separate pieces reflecting on the experience – two short stories, a memoir and an obituary for his commanding officer, Sir Edward “Weary” Dunlop.
Martin Flanagan is a poet, writer and journalist and is the fourth of Arch’s six children.
‘The Line’ is a dual drama – one is an elderly man’s reflection on the peak experience of his life. The other story is the son’s relationship with that experience, the way it has shaped him and the line he takes in his writing life.
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