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Khaki Town

By: Judy Nunn
Narrated by: John Derum
Length: 13 hrs and 8 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
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Khaki Town, Judy Nunn's stunning new novel, is inspired by a wartime true story which the government kept secret for over 70 years.

'It seems to have happened overnight,' Val thought as she pulled the beers. 'We've become a khaki town.'

It's March 1942. Singapore has fallen. 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 Hotel 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 have been commandeered. And the dance halls are in full swing with jitterbug and jive.

The Australian troops, short on rations and equipment, begrudge the confident, well-fed 'Yanks' who have taken over their town (and women). And there's growing conflict, too, within the American ranks. Because black GIs are enjoying the absence of segregation and the white GIs do not like it.

Then one night a massive street fight leaves a black soldier lying dead in the street, and the situation explodes into violent confrontation.

©2019 Judy Nunn (P)2019 Penguin Random House Australia

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A Fascinating Story

I loved this book. The story line, which I had not known before, was beautifully told and narrated. A glimpse back to a different time.

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another brilliant piece from judy nunn

loved it, thx judy for writing about things Aussies should know. keep up good work.

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Another well researched gripping tale.

I absolutely love Judy Nunn. This story is of course so well written, but I found it a bit depressing. I guess Australia's history is. Why cant everybody just get the along....

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Good story, poor narration.

Horrible narration. If you can't do accents, dont try. Really spoilt the enjoyment of book.

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