About the author

Ngaire Jarro

About the author

Jackie Huggins

About the book

Judges' report

Jack of Hearts: QX11594 is a moving and unpretentious project by Dr Jackie Huggins AM and Ngaire Jarro that chronicles the life of their father, Jack Huggins. Public attention is building on the vexed stories and allegiances of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in wars off this continent – this historical project reminds us of the plural lives of black soldiers. The reader is brought in to understanding its subject, Jack Huggins, through the footsteps of his daughters, the authors. It follows their own journey to know their father and his experiences. That journey, and the resonating impact of their father on their lives and others’, becomes as much the subject of the book as the biography they eventually construct. As a project, it lives alongside Jackie Huggins’ previous biography of her mother, Auntie Rita, as an act of shared familial memory.

Further reading


Jack of Hearts draws attention to crucial yet underexamined aspects of Australian history and asks important questions.” – Linda Jaivin, The Saturday Paper

“Jack Huggins…died far too young in the service of his country, leaving his family bereft. His daughters have given him the tribute he deserves. Read this book.” – Michael McKernan, The Canberra Times

“A remarkable story and worthwhile contribution to Australia’s war history genre.” – Cheryl Akle, The Australian


Hear Jackie Huggins talk about her father Jack’s story on ABC Radio National’s Conversations

Read an interview with Jackie Huggins and Ngaire Jarro on SBS NITV News

Listen to Jackie Huggins and Ngaire Jarro on the Good Reading podcast


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