Jack Charles: Born-again Blakfella

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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.

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Reviewed by Michelle C.
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Great read!

I am loving this book. It is in turns sad, funny, disturbing, hopeful. I am amazed how resilient Jack was and am very sad at his passing.

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Reviewed by Shelli P.
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Profound!

I immersed myself immediately & didn't put it down, (except to sleep!) until I finished!

I laughed, I cried & my heart hurt so much for Uncle Jack! I have admired this man, from afar for a very long time & just really touched by his presence. I am happy now he is now with Bunjil!

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Reviewed by Christine B.
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Jack Charles: Born-again Blakfella

This is an excellent read. It's wonderful to learn about such an iconic mentor.

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Reviewed by Margaret A.
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Jack Charles

A moving account of a life beset by many obstacles. Needs to be read by anyone who still doesn't understand the implications of colonialism and the Stolen Generation

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Reviewed by Cheryl B.
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What a great read, his story is amazing and well written.

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