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God, the Devil and Me

Alf Taylor


In 2021, Western Australia Noongar man, Alf Taylor (1945-2023) published his autobiography, God, the Devil and Me, which told of his growing up in the now infamous New Norcia Mission in Western Australia.

God, the Devil and Me was shortlisted in 2022 New South Wales Premier’s Literary Awards – Indigenous Writer’s Prize.

It is described by publisher Magbala Books as

“At once darkly humorous and achingly tragic, God, The Devil and Me tells of the life and desperation of the young children forced into the care of the Spanish Nuns and Brothers who ran the Mission…Written with an acerbic and brutal wit, Alf intersperses dark childhood memories with a Monty Pythonesque retelling of the Bible, in which Peter is an alcoholic and Judas is a good guy.”

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