No friend but the mountains
No friend but the mountains: writing from Manus prison won the Prize for Non Fiction at the Victorian Premier's Literary Awards. The powerful writing also took out the overall Victorian Prize for Literature at the 2019 awards.
In 2013, Kurdish journalist Behrouz Boochani was illegally detained on Manus Island. He has been there ever since. This book is the result. Laboriously tapped out on a mobile phone and translated from the Farsi. It is a voice of witness, an act of survival. A lyric first-hand account. A cry of resistance. A vivid portrait through five years of incarceration and exile.
"Not for the faint-hearted, it's a powerful, devastating insight into a situation that's so often seen through a political - not personal - lens." GQ Australia
"it is a voice of witness and an act of survival" Law Society of NSW Journal