Addressing identity

Stories of present-day Tasmania
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April 2021, no. 430
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Born Into This by Adam Thompson

University of Queensland Press, $29.99 pb, 210 pp

Addressing identity

Stories of present-day Tasmania
by
April 2021, no. 430

When as a boy I listened to football on the radio, I would often hear mention of David Harris, a skilful midfielder who played for Geelong and Geelong West respectively in what were then the VFL and VFA. Harris was mostly known as ‘Darky’, not ‘David’. Recently, thanks to a YouTube interview, I learnt that Harris’s parents were Lebanese Australians. While in the interview Harris did not express offence, one can only wonder about the effect on him of this nickname – one he’d had since his own boyhood – based on the colour of his skin.

Anthony Lynch reviews 'Born Into This' by Adam Thompson

Born Into This

by Adam Thompson

University of Queensland Press, $29.99 pb, 210 pp

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