Ian Townsend Line Of Fire

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Join author Ian Townsend for the launch of Line of Fire.

Line of Fire is the little known and intriguing WWII story of an eleven-year-old Australian schoolboy who was shot by the Japanese in Rabaul in 1942 as a suspected spy - a compelling story of spies, volcanoes, history and war.

In May 1942, in the town of Rabaul in the Australian territory of New Guinea, five Australian civilians were taken by Japanese soldiers to a pit at the base of a volcano and executed as spies.A mother, her brother, her husband and her friend. And her 11-year-old son. Who were these people and what had led them to this terrible end, under the shadow of a volcano?

Acclaimed author and award-winning science journalist Ian Townsend has uncovered a fascinating story that sheds new light on a largely forgotten but desperate battle fought on Australian territory. The Australian Government, unable to reinforce its small garrison, abandoned more than 1500 Australian soldiers and civilians as ‘hostages to fortune' in the face of the irresistible Japanese advance. Set against the romantic, dramatic and ultimately tragic backdrop of Rabaul in WWII, this is a wholly intriguing narrative of Australian history, military conflict and volcanology, woven together with the story of one ordinary but doomed Australian family.

Ian Townsend is a journalist with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. His first novel, Affection, was shortlisted for the 2005 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards, the 2006 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for a first novel, the 2006 Colin Roderick Award and was long-listed for the Dublin IMPAC literary award. His second novel, The Devil's Eye, was published in 2008. Ian is also the winner of two Australian Eureka Prizes for science and medical research journalism and was the 2006 John Oxley Library research fellow.
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