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INNER WEST COURIER – Tuesday 27 September 2016 – feature by Doug Conway
WRITER HIGHLIGHTS TRAGEDY OF WAR: Author’s approach helps endear work to women.
WOMEN read more books than men but generally shy away from war stories – bad news if you’re an author whose historical fiction books are based on Aussies in World War II.But Glebe resident Justin Sheedy seems to have solved that problem with war stories that appeal to women, perhaps because they are really anti-war stories.
“Women are addicted to stories of violent deaths in forensic crime, serial killers, murder mysteries and even brain-eating zombies. But they don’t read war stories because they are violent,” the author of No Greater Love, a stand-alone book which is also the final part of a war trilogy, said. “To my delight I am able to get them on board. One female reader told me, ‘You made me cry in every chapter.’ To fall in love with the characters and then to lose them makes for the heartbreaking anti-war portrait I intended.”
His latest book is the saga of an Australian Spitfire pilot’s war journey through North Africa, Europe and England, his loyalty to his friends and his enduring love for the mother who abandoned him. The story, based on true events with characters modelled on real people, is a portrait of the wholesale waste of war, and sometimes even the humanity of his enemy.
“These young Aussies were the brightest of the brightest,” Sheedy said. “They had to be to fly a Spitfire. They volunteered to cross the world to fight the worst evil imaginable. How could you not want to write about that? This story is about the loss of young people cursed to do what they should never have to do – fight and finish old men’s wars. Why are we still doing it? Is it because we constantly need to be proving ourselves to the rest of the world? It’s an eternal question. Let’s keep addressing it.”
Sheedy’s passion is to write Australian narratives which tell “the story of us”. “I like holding up a mirror to Australians because we are still finding out who we are,” he said.
NO GREATER LOVE is available now in ebook & print-on-demand paperback format from Waterstones Online, Amazon UK, via Amazon and Barnes & Noble, and for Australian readers on Dymocks bookstore shelves and online, Gleebooks, Abbeys Books, Readings Carlton, Berkelouw Books Leichhardt, and via all good bookstores. Also internationally available via The Book Depository with FREE SHIPPING.