I Was Only Nineteen
A powerful and moving picture book about the Vietnam War, based on the unforgettable Australian song
Townsville lined the footpath as we marched down to the quay. This clipping from the paper shows us young and strong and clean. And there's me in my slouch hat, with my SLR and greens. God help me, I was only nineteen.
John Schumann's unforgettable lyrics about the Vietnam War are etched in the memories and history books of Australia. Now they've been warmly brought to life by one of Australia's best-loved illustrators in this powerful and moving picture book.
Commended for Children's Book Council of Australia Awards: Picture Book of the Year 2015.
Best known for his leadership of legendary Australian folk-rock band Redgum, JOHN SCHUMANN's Vietnam War anthem, 'I was only 19' changed the way our nation thinks about how we treat our war veterans. Described by rock historian Glenn A Baker as 'one of the finest songwriters this country has produced', John has received almost every award the Australian music industry has to offer. His songs have been paid the ultimate compliment by becoming the property of the people and country they were written about. His lyrics are read in schools and universities across Australia. CRAIG SMITH is one of Australia's most prolific children's book illustrators. He has collaborated with many of Australia's best-loved authors, such as Paul Jennings and Doug MacLeod, and published books for A&U including The Big Ball of String, The Boy Who Built the Boat, Heather Fell in the Water and Where Are You, Banana?