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The widow and her hero / Tom Keneally.

By: Keneally, Thomas.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: North Sydney, N.S.W. : Double Day, 2007Description: vi, 297 pages ; 25 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781864711011 (hbk.) :; 1864711019 (hbk.) :.Subject(s): Australia. Australian Army Commando troops -- Fiction | World War, 1939-1945 -- Commando operations -- Southeast Asia -- Fiction | World War, 1939-1945 -- Japan -- Atrocities -- Fiction | World War, 1939-1945 -- Singapore -- Atrocities -- Fiction | Commando troops -- Singapore -- Fiction | Heroes -- Australia -- Fiction | Army spouses -- Australia -- Fiction | War widows -- Australia -- Fiction | World War, 1939-1945 -- Casualties -- Fiction | Heroes -- Fiction | World War, 1939-1945 -- Fiction | Interpersonal relations -- Fiction | Australia. Army. Commando troops Fiction | World War, 1939-1945 Commando operations Southeast Asia Fiction | World War, 1939-1945 Japan Atrocities Fiction | World War, 1939-1945 Singapore Atrocities Fiction | Commando troops Singapore Fiction | Heroes Australia Fiction | Army spouses Australia Fiction | Widows -- Australia -- Fiction | Soldiers -- Australia -- Fiction | World War, 1939-1945 -- Secret service -- Australia -- FictionGenre/Form: War fiction. | Historical fiction. | General fiction.DDC classification: A823.3 Summary: This is a story of an Australian war widow called Grace who struggles to come to terms and understand the brutal death of her young husband at the hands of the Japanese in 1945. As a member of an elite commando group led by Doucette, a charismatic and unstable Irish major, Captain Leo Waterhouse returned home a war hero after a devastating attack on Japanese shipping, only to join a subsequent fatal mission to the heart of occupied Singapore. Sixty years later, Grace learns the truth of his ultimate fate from retired US major general Jesse Creed, who is revisiting his wartime haunts in Australia and the glass is finally shattered.
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'I knew in general terms I was marrying a hero. The burden lay lightly on Leo, and to be a hero's wife in times supposedly suited to the heroic caused a woman to swallow doubt uaThe Japanese had barely been turned away. It was heresy and unlucky to undermine young men at such a supreme hour.' When Grace married the genial and handsome Captain Leo Waterhouse in Australia in 1943, they were young, in love - and at war. Like many other young men and women, they were ready, willing and able to put the war effort first. They never seriously doubted that they would come through unscathed. But Leo never returned from a commando mission masterminded by his own hero figure, an eccentric and charismatic man who inspired total loyalty from those under his command. The world moved on to new alliances, leaving Grace, like so many widows, to bear the pain of losing the love of her life and wonder what it had all been for. Sixty years on, Grace is still haunted by the tragedy of her doomed hero when the real story of his ill-fated secret mission is at last unearthed. As new fragments of her hero's story emerge, Grace is forced to keep revising her picture of what happened to Leo and his fellow commandoes - until she learns about the final piece in the jigsaw, and the ultimate betrayal. Praise for The Tyrant's Novel 'Brilliant, riveting uarank it with the greats.' Kirkus Reviews 'This is thrilling stuff uathe writer stepping up to the front rank, bringing back what they find and giving us a voice, an alternative view, beyond the horizontal bars of newspaper copy.' The Weekend Australian

This is a story of an Australian war widow called Grace who struggles to come to terms and understand the brutal death of her young husband at the hands of the Japanese in 1945. As a member of an elite commando group led by Doucette, a charismatic and unstable Irish major, Captain Leo Waterhouse returned home a war hero after a devastating attack on Japanese shipping, only to join a subsequent fatal mission to the heart of occupied Singapore. Sixty years later, Grace learns the truth of his ultimate fate from retired US major general Jesse Creed, who is revisiting his wartime haunts in Australia and the glass is finally shattered.

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