LOVELY Newspaper Article on Latest Novel “Nor the Years Condemn” by Justin Sheedy
AUTHOR’S SECOND A HISTORICAL WRAP – Northern District Times Wednesday 5 December 2012
Article by Robbie Patterson / Picture by Robert Kennard
THE brave tales of Australian fighter pilots in the throes of war, love and youth have been immortalised in Justin Sheedy’s latest novel, Nor the Years Condemn. The book follows on from the success of his first book, Goodbye, Crackernight, which detailed his 1970s childhood in North Epping. His historical fiction book depicts the heroism of young Australians who trained as fighter pilots for the British Empire in World War II. Struggling to find a publisher to pick up the story earlier this year, Sheedy pursued publication through a print-on-demand system. “Publishing companies move slowly but surely, and I decided to publish it myself while I wait for them,” Sheedy said. However, the story has already generated interest through online buyers and Dymocks retail book stores. The Dymocks George St outlet has already placed orders for the book six times. The author attributes the book’s popularity to its focus on a largely untold chapter in Australia’s wartime history. “I’ve tried to put readers right in the cockpit with them, but Nor the Years Condemn is also very much a mother’s story as for every shining young man who flew a Spitfire there was the poor mother cursed to let him go,” Sheedy said. Readers have described the cockpit sequences as ‘brilliant’ and ‘cinematic’. “It isn’t just reading about the history but the young Australians who made it,” he said. Sheedy will be hosting a book signing at Dymocks Macquarie Centre on Saturday at 10am.
I’m truly looking forward to this Saturday at Dymocks Macquarie – particularly as I grew up in the very area. My most profound thanks to Collette McGrath for acting as my PR Agent-extraordinaire in securing the above article in The Northern District Times, Sydney on this, my latest book. Collette truly does deserve a medal for all her help in promoting Nor the Years Condemn over the last many months, securing a plethora of radio & print interviews in the lead-up to various of my in-store book-signing events. Huge thanks also to The Epping Library (particularly to Library Manager, Sue) for their support of this Dymocks Macquarie Centre event on Sat 8 December – just as they went out of their way to support my first book, Goodbye Crackernight, both my books now stocked at the Library – also to Northern District Times Editor Colin Kerr for his enduring & brilliant support of my writing – way back to Crackernight. Colin is a Gem of a Man, and recognised as such. – Justin Sheedy, December 2012.