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Khaki Town

Khaki Town (Paperback)

By Nunn, Judy

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Judy Nunn's exciting new novel, a no.1 bestseller, is inspired by a true wartime story that has remained a well-kept secret for over seventy years. It seems to have happened overnight, Val thought . How extraordinary. We've become a khaki town. It's March 1942. Singapore has fall...en. Darwin has been bombed. Australia is on the brink of being invaded by the Imperial Japanese Forces. And Val Callahan, publican of The Brown's Bar in Townsville, could not be happier as she contemplates the fortune she's making from lonely, thirsty soldiers. Overnight the small Queensland city is transformed into the transport hub for 70,000 American and Australian soldiers destined for combat in the South Pacific. Barbed wire and gun emplacements cover the beaches. Historic buildings are commandeered. And the dance halls are in full swing with jazz, jitterbug and jive. The Australian troops begrudge the confident, well-fed 'Yanks' who have taken over their town and their women. There's growing conflict, too, within the American ranks, because black GIs are enjoying the absence of segregation. And the white GIs don't like it. As racial violence explodes through the ranks of the military, a young United States Congressman, Lyndon Baines Johnson, is sent to Townsville by his president to investigate. 'Keep a goddamned lid on it, Lyndon,' he is told, 'lest it explode in our faces ...'
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ISBN 9780143795186
Published NZ 20 Oct 2020
Publisher Penguin
Format Paperback
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ISBN-13 9780143795186
Stock Available
Status In-stock at publisher; ships 7-14 working days
Publisher Penguin
Imprint Penguin Random House Australia
Published 20 Oct 2020
Publication Country Australia Australia
Format Paperback
 › 2 other possible formats available
Author(s) By Nunn, Judy
Category Modern Fiction
Australian
Number of Pages 400
Dimensions Width: 129mm
Height: 196mm
Spine: 25mm
Dewey Code Not specified
Weight 276g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text General & Literary Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade

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