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Sparrow: A Chronicle of Defiance

4.44  ·  Rating details ·  9 ratings  ·  4 reviews
( Sparrow is a seldom-heard but uplifting story of The Sparrows – Battle of Britain vets who defended Timor as part of Sparrow Force.

It is the story of Charlie McLachlan’s war: a triumph of stubborn Scottish defiance and laconic Aussie genius over the relentless violence of man and nature.

From the Rudolph Hess crash-landing to the atom bomb, from histor
Hardcover, Dustjacket, 798 pages
Published November 11th 2012 by Klaut
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Dorothy Harvey
Aug 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
‘Sparrow’ is without doubt a chronicle of defiance. Grant McLachlan in this amazingly well documented and researched book has captured the true spirit and grit of his Scottish grandfather Charlie McLachlan who defied all odds and managed to survive being a prisoner at the hands of the Japanese in World War II. Charlie with his self-effacing manner manages with dignity and tenacity to earn the respect of his fellow prisoners (and on occasions the Japanese themselves) while at the same time being ...more
Jill Shaikh
Aug 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am pleased that a friend referred me to Grant McLachlan’s book “Sparrow. A Chronicle of Defiance.” It has been described as an epic account of The Sparrows – Battle of Britain gunners who defended Timor as part of Sparrow Force in 1942, but it is in fact very much more. Included are the experiences of the Australian and American forces, the men who fought with the British during that time. There are also harrowing accounts of capture by the Japanese and of time spent in concentration camps.

Sarah Rowe
Aug 06, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a very well researched and thought out book.
Grant McLachlan
Jul 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
The ANZAC Memorial's Brad Manera wrote this review for Tasmania's The Mercury.

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Grant McLachlan is the grandson of Charlie and Mary McLachlan - the central characters of Sparrow. Born on the 30th anniversary of his grandfather's liberation, Grant interviewed over 100 war veterans and travelled throughout twelve countries to research a true story told in the way the veterans of Sparrow Force wanted them told.​

A barrister, solicitor, and hearings commissioner, Grant has wor

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