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The Digger of Kokoda: The Official Biography of Reg Chard
Released the same day as the standard print edition
The Digger of Kokoda: The Official Biography of Reg Chard
Written by:
Daniel Lane 
Read by:
James Saunders 
Unabridged CD Audio Book 
Number of CDs:
9 hours 57 minutes 
June 28 2022 
Available Date:
June 28 2022 
Age Category:
Non-fiction; Australian; Biography; Historical 
Bolinda/Macmillan Australia 
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Australian author

The deeply moving story of the battle that saved Australia and the track that saved 98-year-old digger Reg Chard's life.

Reg Chard endured hell as an 18-year-old Australian soldier who fought in 1942 on the infamous Kokoda Trail in World War II. Ironically, Kokoda rescued Reg decades later when he decided to take his own life. After losing Betty, his wife of 66 years, the grief-stricken great-grandfather lost the will to live. But he found new purpose through educating young people, giving guided tours of Sydney’s Kokoda Track Memorial Walkway. On these tours, Reg relives Kokoda every day. He sees an image on the wall of a soldier – a comrade – who succumbed to disease weeks after the photograph was taken. He hears the war cry of a samurai sword–wielding officer charging towards him. And he tells these stories along the walkway. As one of the last surviving diggers of Kokoda, Reg Chard has become a custodian of its legacy. This deeply moving, healing and inspiring biography of the 98-year-old veteran tells us of Reg’s war in the jungle and how, 80 years after the battle that saved Australia, Kokoda still lives within him. Featuring a message narrated by Reg Chard.

'These men were full of bravery, courage and conviction ... Every word of this story has meaning, importance and impact.'
Steve Waugh, Australian cricketer

'A gripping read about an all-Australian hero ... This biography evocatively portrays the hardships of the Kokoda campaign, the sacrifices made, and the irrepressible spirit of the Australian soldiers and nursing sisters. Bravo the lot of them, and this book.'
Peter FitzSimons, author of Gallipoli