When Mark Donaldson was awarded the Victoria Cross in 2009, he was the first Australian to receive our highest award for bravery since 1969. Mark showed extraordinary courage when he rescued an Afghani interpreter under heavy fire during a bloody ambush in Afghanistan. In 2010 Mark was voted Young Australian of the Year.
Mark was a rebellious child and teenager, even before the death of his father when Mark was in his mid-teens. A few years later, Mark’s mother was murdered, although her body has never been found. Mark’s path could so easily have turned to a life of self-destructiveness but Mark chose a different road – the army. It was his salvation and he found himself a natural soldier, progressing unerringly to the very peak of the Australian military: the SAS. Mark’s book The Crossroad is the frank and compelling story of a man turning his destiny around by sheer determination.
The book also covers his time as a dog handler (including photos) and his love for dogs.