Billy Mack's War
by James Roy (Goodreads Author)
Sequel to Roy's novel Captain Mack this book covers the post WW2 experiences of returned war hero Billy Mack, exploring from the vantage point of history the traumas and difficulties faced by many returned POW's, and paying particular attention to the often overlooked story of Australian POW's working on the Burma Railway.
Paperback, 239 pages
Published 2004 by University of Queensland Press
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The sequel to Roy's successful 2000 work Captain Mack, Billy Mack's War is a book I've been meaning to read for some years, but haven't managed to find the time until recently. Boy, have I missed out. Roy always picks interesting slants on Australian culture, often mining overlooked or relatively uncontemplated aspects of our history and identity in his works. In Billy Mack's War he takes us into the experience of the returned serviceman, but instead of recounting the often-explored mythos of th...more