Wisdom Man

"Banjo Clarke was extraordinary … his life was one of forgiving; a life of kindness and a life of love.... [He] was a remarkable person. Reading through this book, the stories in the book, the attitudes that are expressed, and the standards that he sought to live by – is a lesson to all of us which we should heed."
Malcolm Fraser
Prime Minister
"[Wisdom Man] goes beyond documenting history to explore Mr. Clarke’s simple morality of forgiveness and compassion … People who knew Mr. Clarke will find the book a valuable reminder of what the esteemed man stood for, while those who never met him will wish they had."
Jason Wallace
Portland Observer
"My friends and I marvel at this book. The amazingly straight-forward telling makes it all the more compelling. It has lifted me in many ways. Anyone who didn't get a copy, I urge to do so."
Christy Morrison
Writer / Mountain View, CA
"An amazing and touching book - I could relate to all the Aboriginal beliefs. I felt like I had met him and his kids at the end of the book. It brought me to tears, really. Now Banjo lives more than ever through this publication even after his death."
"The famous Proust Questionnaire as answered by best selling Australian author Camilla Chance. Her book Wisdom Man is being released in French Polynesia as Un Homme de Sagesse." (click below)
"...Banjo became known by thousands of people for he touched them all in some way. I doubt that anyone who ever met him was able to forget him, nor would they want to. What he leaves behind, the text of "Wisdom Man" as told to Camilla Chance, is nothing short of words of wisdom for the world to listen to. Let us hope that people take heed."
"Wisdom Man is a beautiful book. Congratulations and deepest respect. Without you, Banjo would not be known to the world. My respect and admiration. I would love to re-meet the Camilla, now that the major and overwhelming task of the tribute to your teacher has been accomplished."
Hannelore Hahn
Writer, Founder and Executive Director of International Women's Writing Guild, NYC
"I am enchanted with this beautiful book. I feel something very special and important has come into my hands. And I must add I admire your courage and spirit. As I read your chapter about writing Banjo's life, I felt 'Here is a remarkable person' - meaning you."
Suzanne Stroot
Journalist, San Diego, CA
"...an interview with author Camilla Chance, who brought the true story of a most amazing Australian Aboriginal Elder to print: Wisdom Man Banjo Clarke as told to Camilla Chance: The compassionate life and beliefs of a remarkable Aboriginal Elder." (click Lisa's name or logo for interview)
"Banjo Clarke is a wonderful human being and we all can learn so much from all the beauty and peace he carried in his spirit. I feel so much closer to the Aboriginal people after reading your book. Many times I was brought to tears, my heart goes out to them yet I rejoice in their loving spirit. Thank you for being there throughout the years, holding the stories so close to your heart. I admire your tenacity with the project. I'm glad that you saw such value in one being, located in a small part of the planet that we all too often rarely think of. We can use the gifts Banjo has to give - even now, he lives."
Patricia Kay
Writer and Photographer, Mystic, CT
"What a grand read I had with Wisdom Man. You really did a superb job shaping the wonderful story. I loaned my copy of Wisdom Man to a Brit from Cardiff who's African-American and now works in the Post Office. I suspect my copy has made the rounds of the African-American 'community' here in Evergreen. You may have done something very special and wonderful for these folks who, as a whole, are very poor. You've affected positively a lot of lives, which has to be truly significant. Bless you"
Dianne S. Lodge Peters
Professor and Writer, Alabama

French /en Francais

"Un Homme de Sagesse c'est l'histoire de Banjo Clarke, un vieil aborigène, qui n'a jamais perdu sa foi en l'esprit humain et en la bonté des gens. Son dévouement en la bonté et au pardon font de lui un maître bien-aimé et une source d'inspiration pour ceux qu'il a rencontré. Camilla Chance a vraiment saisi l'essence de ce chef tribal aimé des siens et de son peuple; un homme de son temps, fidèle à sa culture et à sa terre. Les leçons que Banjo nous enseigne sur la vie sont universelles et intemporelles."
Christian Robert
Au vent des iles
"Porté par les croyances d’un Ancien aborigène remarquable, voici le témoignage émouvant d’une vie qui transcende les discriminations. Rayonnant de générosité, d’esprit de partage, d’amour et d’une profonde spiritualité, Banjo Clarke raconte l’histoire douloureuse et méconnue de son peuple. Il puisait sa sagesse sur la terre de ses ancêtres." (click below for more information and to buy.)
"Sylvie Nantais passé en revue le livre Un Homme de Sagesse et nous avons pensé à partager cette critique avec vous: BANJO CLARKE, Homme sage Australien." (click below for review)