Shell Shock by Andrew Mansell
Imagine living on the fringes of society, being forced to conform but never being able to commit to what takes away your family, love and hope. Most people would give in but not Albert. For he has something that can never be taken – belief. He also knows that family, love and hope can return and his secret, if he can bare, is his to keep.
After the needless death of his father and twin sister during the Japanese bombing of Darwin, Albert, flees with his mother. They reach the small town of Tooradin where Albert’s grandfather takes the role of main carer and shapes Albert into a man. With the help of the dreamtime, where his father and sister are safe, Albert seemingly overcomes the trauma suffered in Darwin. Becoming a man though, only makes Albert more aware of who he is. His life as a half aboriginal is a constant struggle against a culture that openly and subtly casts him to be an outcast. Amidst Albert’s constant struggle, he finds love and has a daughter, only for them to be taken away. He is beaten physically and mentally. In the depth of a living nightmare which could be the rest of his life, he is offered hope. His daughter is alive and he must find her, he must tell her about the dreamtime, pass his belief down to another generation.