Dymocks Book-Signing a SELL-OUT! “Nor the Years Condemn” by Justin Sheedy, Sat 10 Nov 2012
On Saturday 10th of November 2012 author Justin Sheedy was honoured to have been invited by the flagship store of the great Dymocks Books chain to sign copies of his latest book, Nor the Years Condemn, at Dymocks George Street Sydney. Sheedy was delighted that the day proved a Sell-Out Success, literally, with all copies of his book sold out.
On Remembrance Day weekend, the timing for this in-store event was perfect as the symbol of Remembrance Day, the Red Poppy, is also the symbol of Sheedy’s book (pictured), which has just been accepted by The Australian War Memorial. In this spirit, Sheedy presented an authentic Australian War Memorial red poppy to each Dymocks store customer whose copy of the book he signed, sharing with them his passion for the great Australian true story on which Nor the Years Condemn is based: the stunning saga of the young Australians who crossed the planet to fly Spitfires against Nazi Germany in World War II.
The wonderful atmosphere of the day was only enhanced by live performances of ‘The Last Post’ by TrumPeter, bringing a lump-in-the-throat and tear to the eye of more than one Dymocks store customer. George Street also rang out to the stirring bagpipe strains of Scottish Andrew in full Scots regalia, his haunting sounds drawing many Sydney shoppers right up George Street and into the store.
Crowds for the day were certainly swelled by Sheedy’s interview on the John Laws Show the day previous, with many Dymocks store customers enthusing to Sheedy how impressed they had been by what they had heard. Indeed, copies of Nor the Years Condemn flew out of the store as so many Dymocks store customers were engaged by the prospect of reading a story of ‘Gallipoli’ magnitude yet, until now, unknown by most Australians: At Gallipoli in 1915 Australia discovered its ‘national identity’ – a breed of young people looking after each other in the midst of the worst situation imaginable, a heroic defeat. Nor the Years Condemn tells a story in this very same ANZAC nation-defining tradition yet, by contrast to the Gallipoli story, not one of heroic defeat but of stunning victory, albeit at tragic cost, of how the best & brightest of an Australian generation ironically chose one of the fastest ways to die of World War II – and won it.
The product of 10 years’ research and WWII aircrew veteran interviews by Sheedy, his inspiration to write Nor the Years Condemn was to bring alive an untold chapter of Australian war history through the descriptive powers of historical fiction. A truly ‘ripping yarn’ of (very) young men flying Spitfires into air combat, Nor the Years Condemn is also ‘a mothers’ story’, as for every shining young man who flew a Spitfire, there was also a mother cursed to relinquish her wonderful young son to war, just one factor that renders Sheedy’s story such a heart-rending read.
To Sheedy’s avowed relief, this, his second book, has received since publication in early 2012 the kind of reviews he long dreamed of yet never expected. To read them, CLICK HERE. Sheedy would like to express his sincere thanks to all at Dymocks George Street for making this event possible, especially to Dymocks book-buyer Ben Garland who, on first holding Nor the Years Condemn in early 2012, pronounced: “I’ve got a really good feeling about this…”
Sheedy’s next in-store events for Nor the Years Condemn will be at Dymocks Macquarie Centre on Saturday 8 December and a return visit to Dymocks North Sydney on Friday 21 December, the final shopping day before Christmas. See DYMOCKS EVENTS and full Crackernight.com Blog Post HERE.
Nor the Years Condemn is currently available at Dymocks George Street Sydney, Dymocks Macquarie Centre, also Chatswood, North Sydney, Rouse Hill and Camberwell (VIC) stores, through Dymocks Online, also as a print-on-demand paperback at AMAZON, as an e-book at SMASHWORDS and at all major e-book websites, and at The Australian War Memorial. For reading excerpts of the book, CLICK HERE.
Sheedy would especially like to thank rising photography star Emmy Etié for her photo shoot and lovely presence on the day – all photos below.