A Prayer for Blue Delaney Curriculum Support

A Prayer For Blue Delaney is a vivid recreation of Australia in the 1950s and of the post-WWII child migration schemes that changed our history.

Troy Martin and Amelia McBride wrote comprehensive teacher’s notes for ‘A Prayer for Blue Delaney’. Along with a thorough analysis of the story, they also tease out themes of identity and belonging, immigration, and the history and politics of the 1950s.

In Germany, hundreds of thousands of German students study excerpts from the novel in their English language textbooks and in an abridged English language edition.

A Prayer for Blue Delaney in schools

Comments from teachers about A Prayer for Blue Delaney in the classroom:

  • Murray has woven a moving, vivid tale, which is a rattling good read. The early passages are a strong contrast to the free and healing experiences of the road and the outback life that Colm enjoys as a young teenager. There are several other characters who are strongly drawn and vivid.
    Of interest to readers aged 12-16. Could be used to connect with History, Australian studies, discussions about authority and how societies change over time.

    Helen Wilde, SA