Media Coups for Author Justin Sheedy’s Latest: GHOSTS OF THE EMPIRE
On the eve of ANZAC Day 2014 – Australia’s annual national day of military remembrance – Sydney author Justin Sheedy has been winning major media coverage for Ghosts of the Empire, his latest historical fiction bringing to life a staggeringly exciting, tragic and true story of young Australians at war. On ANZAC Day, April 25th, Australians remember their ‘baptism of fire’ birth as a nation at Gallipoli in 1915, so it’s little wonder that Ghosts of the Empire has been receiving such attention, bringing to life as it does a true story of Australians at war with even LESS chance of survival than if they had been in the trenches of Gallipoli or the Western Front. Ghosts of the Empire is a story in Australia’s great ANZAC tradition – only at 350 miles per hour – and one until now untold…
CLICK PLAY BUTTON (BELOW PIC) TO LISTEN TO SHEEDY’S RADIO INTERVIEW WITH LEGENDARY AUSTRALIAN INDEPENDENT THINKER & BROADCASTER, CLIVE ROBERTSON ON RADIO 2UE “AUTHOR! AUTHOR!” SEGMENT OF CLIVE’S SHOW MONDAY 21 APRIL 2014
In this 100th Anniversary year of the outbreak of World War One, a year of unparalleled interest in Australian and Commonwealth war history, Ghosts Of The Empire (Book 2 in Sheedy’s Nor the Years Condemn series) puts readers IN THE COCKPIT with the shining young Australians who flew Spitfires and Mosquito bombers against Nazi tyranny in World War Two.
With every action scene from the story based an actual happening, the true events which inspired Ghosts of the Empire really are the stuff of Star Wars: Think Olympian/Formula 1 driver/Brain-surgeon calibre 25-year-old Aussies flying their Mosquito bombers so low and fast over the French countryside that they kicked up snow (true) then with their bombs knocking down the walls of a French prison (true) or putting bombs IN THE FRONT DOOR of Gestapo Headquarters (true). Yet their chances of survival were so low that by age 25 these young Australians were christened ‘Old Men’ (true).
Ghosts of the Empire is the saga of peaceful Sydney boy, Mick O’Regan, who in World War Two enters a world of high-speed life and death – his job, the most dangerous of the War: flying for RAF Fighter and Bomber Command. It is also a story of young people living life to the full while they can – in a blacked-out world where dance partners, sex and death flow in equal abundance.
Ghosts of the Empire and Nor the Years Condemn are available at Dymocks, Abbey’s Bookshop, Gleebooks, Berkelouw Books, Waterstones & WH Smith (UK) plus via all bookstores. They are also stocked by the Australian War Memorial – no small endorsement of the quality of author Justin Sheedy’s historical fiction writing when you consider that the Australian War Memorial bookshop is traditionally the preserve of Non-Fiction.
Ghosts of the Empire is not only a gripping war story that will make Australians even prouder of who they are, it is a portrait of the key victims of war: Young people. Shining young people with their young lives hijacked by the old men who start wars. Young people living life fast while they can, so many too lose their youth, so many to become ghosts.