Author(s): Jen Hutchison; Tony Brooks (As told by); Nicole Melbourne (Cover Design by); Nikki M Group (Designed by); Lisa Heffernan (Photographer); Journeys to Words Publishing (Produced by); Daniel Chelchowski (Compiled by, Text by)
Bourke Street, My View from Here follows the untold story of Tony Brooks through a journey that sounds to be more fiction than fact. Jen converses with the man people call 'The Mentor of Bourke Street' about tattoos, leading to his past - alcohol dependency, a stint in prison for a murder he claims he did not commit and his eventual release. It is a tale fraught with drugs and violence but ultimately one of understanding, change and acceptance.Tony shares the truth about his incarceration, the murder charge, his co-accused, and confession of the murder of Francisca Parquita Rodriguez. Tony talks - about it all.The reader is offered not only insight into the life of Tony, but an analysis of another culture within Melbourne that most people are unaware of. Despite his struggles, Tony remains an uplifting charmer on Bourke Street to hundreds who know him, and a friendly stranger with a cavalier smile to those who don't.