'Known as ‘Old Man’ in this book, but often called ‘Big Bill Neidjie’ throughout his life because of his imposing height and strength, Bill Neidjie wanted to record aspects of his life for a younger generation of Gagadju, to help them look after their country and remember its stories, and for balanda (non-Aboriginal) people. Told in Old Man’s words, this beautifully nuanced, impressionistic account allows Neidjie to gently emphasise the issues of importance to him.'
'Old Man’s story has a very personal inflection with Neidjie’s words complemented by Lang’s beautiful landscape photos. Structured in the cycle of the seasons, Old man’s story provides readers with insights into the annual transformation of landscape that are so integral to Neidjie’s story.'
'Old Man’s story contains many tales of growing up on country. Neidjie always emphasised his passion for the land and the significance of traditional practices, hoping that culture would flourish and be passed on. The book is a powerful contribution to the history of northern Australia told by an iconic figure. Bill Neidjie is perhaps best known for being central to the opening up his land which led to the
creation of the world-heritage listed Kakadu National Park and for recommending it be leased to the Commonwealth Government for it to be managed as a resource for all Australians.' (Source: Publisher's website)