Shortlist year: 
2019
Shortlist category: 
Non-fiction
Published by: 
Allen & Unwin

About the book

A certain light by Cyntha Banham.

With great courage and empathy, Cynthia Banham asks the difficult questions about family, about survival, and fearlessly tells the stories that are never told.

Surviving a horrific plane crash which leaves her severely and permanently disabled, unable until now to write her own story, Cynthia found that the lives of her Italian grandfather, Alfredo, and his intriguing older sister, Amelia, resonated with her own. Discovering their sacrifice, joy, fear and love, from Trieste to Germany and America, and finally to Australia, their stories mirror and illuminate Cynthia's own determination and courage in the face of overwhelming adversity.