Tell Me Why: The Story of My Life, and My Music by Archie Roach- Our Review


Winner of 2021 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award- Prize for Indigenous Writing
Indie Book of the Year Non-Fiction 2020
Shortlisted for Victorian Premier’s Literary award 2020
The 2020 ABIA Longlist- Biography Book of The Year

Our Review:

‘Tell Me Why’ is a moving masterpiece, a touching narrative; the memoir of the life and music of Archie Roach.

Each chapter is artfully framed with poetic and profound song lyrics. At 63 years of age, Archie Roach has lived a full and at times treacherous journey.

A survivor of the Stolen Generation, Roach speaks of the trauma suffered by so many, the indescribable scars and the deep sense of displacement from culture, family and home.

Roach has battled through alcoholism, hopelessness, loss of family and has come out the other side as a world-renowned musician with a unique way of turning trauma into magical music that is a healing balm to the deepest of places.

Falling in love with his romantic life companion Ruby and creating a family of his own are of the highest achievements to Roach and are beautifully evident throughout his book.

A truly special book, an inspiring story of an intelligent, spiritual and incredible Indigenous Australian.

Review by Lydia @ Great Escape Books