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Private Bill: In Love and War
 

Private Bill: In Love and War (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

By Cassidy, Barrie

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Barrie Cassidy's dad Bill survived more than four years as a prisoner of war in World War II. He first saw conflict on Crete in May 1941, during the only large-scale parachute invasion in wartime history. Just four days later, Bill was wounded and eventually captured. Twice he tr... read full description below.

ISBN 9780522876260
Barcode 9780522876260
Published 3 November 2014 by Melbourne University Press
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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ISBN-13 9780522876260
ISBN-10 0522876269
Stock Available
Status Indent title (sourced internationally), usually ships 4-6 weeks post release/order
Publisher Melbourne University Press
Imprint Melbourne University Press
Publication Date 3 November 2014
Publication Country Australia Australia
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Cassidy, Barrie
Category Essays, Journals, Letters & Other Prose Works
Biography & Autobiography: Historical, Political & Military
World History: Second World War
Military History
Battles & Campaigns
Australian
Number of Pages 277
Dimensions Width: 152mm
Height: 233mm
Spine: 15mm
Weight Not specified - defaults to 600g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text Biography: General
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code Not specified
Catalogue Code 1009635

Description of this Book

Barrie Cassidy's dad Bill survived more than four years as a prisoner of war in World War II. He first saw conflict on Crete in May 1941, during the only large-scale parachute invasion in wartime history. Just four days later, Bill was wounded and eventually captured. Twice he tried to escape his internment with horrific consequences. He suffered greatly but found courageous support from his fellow prisoners. His new wife Myra and his large family thought he was dead until news of his capture finally reached them. Back home, Myra too was a prisoner of sorts, with her own secrets. Then, fifty years after the war, unhealed wounds unexpectedly opened for Bill and Myra, testing them once again. Private Bill is a classic heart-warming story- as told by their son- of how a loving couple prevailed over the adversities of war to live an extraordinarily ordinary, happy life.

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Author's Bio

Barrie Cassidy started out in journalism as a cadet reporter with the Border Mail in Albury. In the 47 years since, he has been a court reporter and police roundsman, a political correspondent, program host, newsreader, radio broadcaster and foreign correspondent. He has worked for the Shepparton News, the Melbourne Herald, the ABC, the Australian and Network Ten, as well as in Washington and Brussels. For the past 13 years he has been host of the ABC's highly respected political discussion program Insiders, and until recently, host of the sports equivalent, Offsiders. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, he was senior press secretary to Prime Minister Bob Hawke and then ultimately his political adviser. Private Bill is his third book. The Party Thieves, a bestseller that traced the rapid demise of Kevin Rudd, was published after the 2007 election. An Ocean of Cricket was written with his son Adam, and captured in words and stunning photographs the emergence of cricket in the South Pacific.

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