Conscripted at age seven into Sudan’s brutal civil war, Deng Adut was groomed to handle an AK47 instead of a pencil. He escaped bullet wounds, atrocities and near starvation to become a lawyer, refugee advocate and NSW Australian of the Year. His memoir, Songs of a War Boy, is equally remarkable as it was written by a man who learned English by watching The Wiggles. He shares his inspiring story with Suzanne Leal.

Suzanne Leal (Australian)

Suzanne Leal

Suzanne Leal is the author of novels The Teacher's Secret, Border Street and The Deceptions, for which she won the Nib People's Choice Prize and was shortlisted for the Davitt Awards. A regular presenter at literary events, board member of the BAD Sydney Crime Writers Festival and co presenter of the BAD All About Crime podcast. Suzanne is the host of Thursday Book Club, a relaxed, friendly book club connecting readers online. Suzanne's new novel will be published in 2023.