Khaki Town Khaki Town

Khaki Town

breath-taking WWII historical fiction from the bestselling author of Black Sheep

    • 4.2 • 197 Ratings
    • $15.99
    • $15.99

Publisher Description


Set in Queensland during World War II, this breath-taking historical novel is inspired by a true wartime story that has remained a well-kept secret for over seventy years.

KHAKI TRANSFORMATION
It seems to have happened overnight, Val thought . How extraordinary. 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 Bar in Townsville, could not be happier as she contemplates the fortune she’s making from lonely, thirsty soldiers.

TOWNSVILLE'S TURMOIL
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.

CONFLICT AND INVESTIGATION
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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'Mistress of the ripping yarn.' SUN-HERALD
'500 pages of perfect reading.' AUSTRALIAN WOMEN'S WEEKLY
'Perfect summer reading.' SYDNEY MORNING HERALD
'A master of what she does.' WEEKLY TIMES
'A stunning blockbuster.' WOMAN'S DAY
'A prolific writer of bestsellers.' THE AGE

GENRE
Fiction & Literature
RELEASED
2019
1 October
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
400
Pages
PUBLISHER
Penguin Random House Australia
SELLER
Penguin Random House Australia Pty Ltd
SIZE
1.8
MB

Customer Reviews

Margie Kew ,

Khaki Town

Great story set in Townsville. As I have been to Townsville several times I recognised quite a few of the places mentioned in the book and for me, this made the story come to life. Just couldn’t put it down, kept reading well into the night.

LC_Music Lover ,

Kharki Town

Good read but not her best book

Grizzly Bear 4 ,

Khaki town

Riveting reading, one started, I couldn't put the book down, read in two days.

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