St. Leonards, NSW, Australia : Allen & Unwin, 1993.
Book — xxiii, 179 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
A Sunday lament-- it's good being free-- too much of a good thing-- the most exciting day-- undreamed-of luxury-- a would-be correspondent-- finally, some money!-- all this mail!-- moving out-- in touch with things again-- this accursed lack of pence-- "you understand?"-- news from home!-- another anniversary apart-- free to shake the shackles-- we're well on the way!-- lost and found-- 2/2 Australian Pioneer Battalion prisoners of wars.
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This work tells how one prisoner of war prepared himself, mentally and physically, for his journey home after three and a half years of brutal captivity in Java, Burma and Thailand during World War II. Staff Sergeant Cecil Dickson was a member of the 2/2 Australian Pioneer Battalion, which was forced to surrender to the Japanese in March 1942. His engineering unit bore the heaviest work in constructing the Burma-Thailand railway. The author draws on Dickson's letters home to his wife, and on research and interviews with many surviving Pioneers, to paint a dramatic picture of prisoner-of-war life under the Japanese. Readers can discover what it felt like to emerge abruptly from one day's starvation to the next day's air-drops, and from being in regimented captivity to being in charge of one's own time again. Dickson's writings also provide a glimpse of one man's determination to free his mind from continued captivity by replacing bitter memories with the sights and sounds of post-war Bangkok, and with tender thoughts of reunion with loved ones. (source: Nielsen Book Data)
Book — x, 326 p.,  p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.
IllustrationsPrefaceAcknowledgmentsAbbreviationsPrologue1. In the realm of Porlock2. Around the Quad3. Fowle Ayresand false starts4. Mental travelling5. The threefold strain6. The appeal of islands7. Turning Japanese8. In the shadow of Trakl9. Consumed by art10. DreamNotesIndex.
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Best known as the founding editor of "Quadrant", an unrepentant Cold War warrior and an advocate of the sanctity of Christian marriage, poet and polemicist, James McAuley, is shown here to have had darker traits which escaped the limelight. The biography also explores his many links with Harold Stewart and what turned this writer, critic and habitue of Sydney's bohemian world, into a rabid hater of his native land. Why did he choose to spend the last 30 years of his life in self-imposed exile in Japan. The resulting narrative traces McAuley and Stewarts' collaborative decades - peaking with Australia's most notorious literary hoax - and their harsh falling-out in later years, set against the backdrop of Australian life between the Great Depression and the Vietnam War. The book probes the lives of the two talented and enigmatic figures, who made enduring and prescient contributions to Australia's political, spiritual and literary culture. (source: Nielsen Book Data)
Book — xiv, 498 p.,  p. of plates : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
Gallipoli hero, Victoria Cross recipient, battalion and brigade commander, conqueror of Damascus and defiant antagonist of the Japanese - by any measure Arthur Seaforth Blackburn was one of Australia's most remarkable soldiers. This, the first Blackburn biography, details the famous battles that shaped Australia. It tells Blackburn's story through the eyes of his comrades, including many from his battalion who survived the horrors of the Burma Railway, and includes photographs taken by Blackburn never published before. (source: Nielsen Book Data)
Book — xi, 264 pages, 8 pages of unnumbered plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
"It made Changi seem like heaven.' There was a place far worse than Changi - Singapore's Outram Road Gaol. For the POWs who endured it, deprivation was so extreme that it really was a fate worse than death. Stubborn Buggers is the little-known story of twelve Australian POWs who fought and survived the action in Malaya before the fall of Singapore and endured captivity and slave labour, then the unimaginable hardships of Outram Road Gaol. It is a story of how they dealt with the brutality of the Japanese military police, the feared Kempeitai. And it is the story of how they found a way to go on living even when facing a future of no hope and slow death. But Stubborn Buggers is about more than suffering and brutality. It is also a story of grit, determination and larrikin humour. It is very much about the triumph of the human spirit.". (source: Nielsen Book Data)