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The Wonder of Little Things
Released the same day as the standard print edition
The Wonder of Little Things
Written by:
Vince CopleyLea McInerney 
Read by:
Greg Fryer 
Unabridged CD Audio Book 
Number of CDs:
9 hours 11 minutes 
September 07 2022 
Available Date:
September 07 2022 
Age Category:
Non-fiction; Australian; Autobiography; Indigenous Peoples; Memoirs; Writer 
ABC Audio 
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NZD$ 54.95
NZD$ 54.95

Australian author

'A powerful tale that tells a different story of our country; the dark side of the moon, the bit you're not supposed to see, or don't want to part of the national story. Except it is, and that's how we learn.'
Bruce Pascoe, award-winning author

'In this beautifully compiled memoir, Australians have been gifted a reflection about what really matters in life from an extraordinarily generous heart and one of the nation's most distinguished elders.'
James Boyce, multi-award-winning historian

A First Nations Elder shares his extraordinary story of finding kindness in the midst of prejudice and joy in living life to the full.

Vince Copley was born on a government mission into poverty in 1936. By the time he was 15, five of his family had died. But at a home for Aboriginal boys, he befriended future leaders Charlie Perkins, John Moriarty and Gordon Briscoe. They were friendships that would last a lifetime. 'Always remember you're as good as anybody else,' his mother, Kate, often told him. And he was, a champion footballer and premiership-winning coach. But change was in the air, and Copley knew he had more to contribute. So he teamed up with Charlie Perkins, his 'brother' from the boys' home, to help make life better for his people. At every step, with his beloved wife, Brenda, Copley found light in the darkness, the friendly face in the crowd, the small moments and little things that make the world go round. In The Wonder of Little Things, Copley tells his story with humour, humility and wisdom. Written with his friend Lea McInerney over many cups of tea, it is an Australian classic in the making, a plain-speaking account of hardship, courage and optimism told without self-pity or big-noting.

'An articulate telling of the learnings of life, of happy and sad moments, of clarity, of releasing that difference is a virtue to respect.'
Ali Cobby Eckermann, Indigenous Australian Poet, author of Ruby Moonlight