Private Bill

In Love and War

Barrie Cassidy
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Published

3 November 2014

ISBN

9780522866131

Pages

208

Weight

305g

Size

235mm x 156mm

Imprint

Melbourne University Press

Private Bill

In Love and War

Barrie Cassidy
'A story straight out of the Australian mythos, profoundly affectionate and true.' DON WATSON
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.
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.

About the author

Barrie Cassidy

Barrie Cassidy is a veteran political journalist. In 1986 he became Bob Hawke's press secretary, leaving when Paul Keating took over the leadership in 1991. In 2010, Cassidy wrote The Party Thieves: The Real Story of the 2010 Election and in 2013 co-authored An Ocean of Cricket with his son Adam. Cassidy currently hosts the Sunday morning political discussion show Insiders and the sports panel show Offsiders on ABC TV.

About Barrie Cassidy

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