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Publisher Description

A startling and important memoir about family and forgiveness, love and redemption

For the first time, Stan Walker speaks with startling honesty about abuse and addiction, hardship and excess, cancer and discrimination, and growing up in a family where love and violence were horribly entwined.

From one of the finest singers to emerge from Australia and New Zealand Aotearoa in a generation, Impossible is a story of redemption and the power of forgiveness. It's also a story about courage and hope; about a young Maori boy finding his place and purpose, never forgetting who he is and where he came from.


As a chronicle of Walker's life, it is gripping, but where the book achieves greatness - and I mean real, true greatness - is as a totem to humanity's capacity for kindness. It's an insight into the soul of a man whose capacity for forgiveness seems boundless.

- Sam Brooks

'This is a can't-put-down read, direct and proud and inspirational, an honest document of life in New Zealand on the wrong side of the tracks...'

- Steve Braunias

'A remarkable, improbable tale of a young Maori man (Tuhoe and Ngati Tuwharetoa) rising to greatness and finding his purpose after surviving horrific childhood abuse and countless other tragic situations.'

- Sebastian van der Zwan

'Stan Walker astonished me with his masterfully structured memoir of abuse and forgiveness.'

- Catherine Woulfe

Biographies & Memoirs
1 October
HarperCollins Australia Pty Limited

Customer Reviews

Keeshabro ,

Breathtaking, absolutely beautiful

For me, Stan’s book represented HOME. It entails all the things I miss about Aotearoa and some of the events I witnessed growing up and being Maori. Truly inspiring read and a great way to get to know the real Stan Walker 😍

Kalo_Melbourne 🇼🇸 ,

Raw & Real Truth!

I was blown away by this book. The courage it had to take to open up and lay all the darkness out to the world was inspiring. I read the whole book in 2 sessions because I couldn’t put it down. The events in this book were so relatable to many of us kiwis - thank you brother for serving your people!