A stunningly published book from Melbourne University's Miegunyah Press as is to be expected from that organisation. Their books are always produced in the highest quality. Booktopia highly recommend this initiation in to manhood story as played out in maritime Australian war history.
In 1939 Marsden Hordern's mother refused to sign the paper allowing her seventeen-year-old son to fight overseas with the Royal Australian Air Force. 'I did not rear you to be killed in an aeroplane,' she said. 'Join the navy.' He took her advice and in doing so determined his future. In small patrol boats, Fairmiles and a Harbour Defence Motor Launch, he patrolled the shores of Japanese-held territory, assisted beleaguered commandos in Timor, and was finally caught up in the drama of collecting Japanese prisoners of war from the islands.
A Merciful Journey presents a vivid and compelling account of Hordern's life from a happy childhood growing up in Sydney during the Great Depression, to his years serving in the Royal Australian Navy from 1942 to 1947. Drawing on the letters and journals he wrote at the time, Hordern engagingly recounts his triumphs and disasters as a naval officer, detailing his rise from a young and callow sub-lieutenant to a lieutenant in command of his own ship. He recalls his hopes and fears, and, in the face of the horrors of war, reveals an appealing enthusiasm for new experiences and a growing love of the sea.
A Merciful Journey is a delightful memoir of a young man's coming of age in wartime.
"...literary skill of the highest order...and controlled, sensitive imagination." Francine James, Sydney Morning Herald on Marines Are Warned!
Number Of Pages: 360
Published: April 2005
Dimensions (cm): 24.5 x 16.0 x 3.0
Weight (kg): 0.84