Podcast Interview with Justin Sheedy, Author of “Nor the Years Condemn”
Hear Kathy Mexted, Australian pilot, media presenter, journalist and mother, offer her heartfelt “Mother’s” response to my latest book, Nor the Years Condemn, on our recent podcast interview on the Plane Crazy Downunder Show, hosted by pilot Steve Visscher. Click the link to listen to the full interview podcast: Justin Sheedy interview re Nor the Years Condemn, Plane Crazy episode entitled “Moments in Time”. It was a thoroughly enjoyable conversation between the three of us, where Kathy portrays her quite emotional response to the book which she recently reviewed for Australian Pilot Magazine. CLICK HERE for her full review of Nor the Years Condemn.
As the author of this story, an historical fiction based on the stunning true Australian story of how the best & brightest of a generation ironically picked one of the fastest ways to die of World War II – flying Spitfires against Nazi Germany, it’s particularly rewarding for me to hear the brilliant way in which someone like Kathy has engaged with the story. Kathy calls it “a gripping read which she just couldn’t put down”, going into full detail of how, as a mother, she so personally related to the book: Not only is Nor the Years Condemn a story of gripping World War II air combat, it’s also a tragic portrait of the fact that for every shining young man exceptional enough to fly a Spitfire there was a mother cursed to let him go. So it was an amazing coincidence that Kathy’s own son applied for the modern-day Royal Australian Air Force at exact time she was reading the book.
In addition to this lovely response to the book from Kathy, as well as from many other female readers, it’s also a massive relief for me to hear, as testified to in the interview, that Kathy’s husband – a Qantas Pilot and World War II history buff – also fully engaged with the book and gave it his thorough ‘thumbs up’ from his particular ‘expert’ point of view.
So my most sincere thanks to Kathy Mexted, Steve Visscher and all at Plane Crazy Downunder for having me on their show.
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Justin Sheedy, July 2012.