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The Story Of Billy Young
 

The Story Of Billy Young (Paperback)

By Hill, Anthony

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A powerful account of one of the youngest-ever prisoners of war. Award-winning author Anthony Hill takes us into the hearts and minds of the POWs, who refused to ever wholly submit to their captors. Billy Young was a boy of 15 when he joined the AIF in 1941.

ISBN 9780143569138
Barcode 9780143569138
Published 23 July 2014 by Penguin
Format Paperback
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ISBN-13 9780143569138
ISBN-10 0143569139
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Status Indent title (sourced internationally), usually ships 4-6 weeks post release/order
Publisher Penguin
Imprint Penguin Books Australia
Publication Date 23 July 2014
Publication Country Australia Australia
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Hill, Anthony
Category True Stories: War / Combat / Elite Forces
True Stories Of Endurance & Survival
Prisoners Of War
Australian
Number of Pages 448
Dimensions Width: 129mm
Height: 200mm
Spine: 28mm
Weight 319g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text True Stories
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 900.00
Catalogue Code 601729

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A powerful account of one of the youngest-ever prisoners of war. Award-winning author Anthony Hill takes us into the hearts and minds of the POWs, who refused to ever wholly submit to their captors. Billy Young was a boy of 15 when he joined the AIF in 1941. He was an orphan - hungry, broke, with nowhere to sleep - and the army offered him a feed, a blanket and five shillings a day in his pocket. The trouble was, the army sent him off to Malaya where he became a POW when Singapore fell to the Japanese. From Changi, 'Billy the Kid' went on to spend the rest of his teenage years in some of the most barbaric Japanese prisons: the notorious labour camp at Sandakan (from which he escaped), and solitary confinement in the horrific Outram Road prison. Billy survived by a combination of luck, larrikin humour and native cunning, learned as a market boy growing up in Sydney during the Depression. He has lasted into old age by virtue of his extraordinary spirit.

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Author's Bio

Anthony Hill is a multi-award-winning, bestselling author, and his books include works for both adults and children. His book Captain Cook's Apprentice won the 2009 NSW Premier's Young People's History Prize. It follows Soldier Boy, Young Digger and Animal Heroes as further testimony to his remarkable ability to extensively research historical material and, from wide-ranging sources, piece together a moving and exciting story. He is also the author of two novellas, the beautiful Shadow Dog, and the award-winning The Burnt Stick, illustrated by Mark Sofilas, as well as the picture book, Lucy's Cat and the Rainbow Birds, illustrated by Jane Tanner.

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