Des Simpson wants to be a professional piano player, but in 1938 opportunities are rare, so when he gets the chance to play in a dance band he takes it. However, there is a catch; he also has to join the NSW Police.
Despite his larrikin like approach to life Des soon discovers that he is respected in his job, and the community, and his music career takes off when he becomes an organist at the Capitol Theatre. He also meets Kathleen, a lovely Irish girl, and life is wonderful.
Then he is transferred to Ivanhoe, NSW, where policing takes on a new meaning. On call 24/7, part of the community yet removed from it, learning to ride a horse; there are everyday challenges that make Des draw on his resourcefulness and his limited supply of life experience.
With the onset of WW II, and Kathleen far away in Sydney, Des returns home, only to be caught on Sydney Harbour during a Japanese raid. There is little he can do to soothe her worries before he must return to the outback. Will Kathleen be safe? Will the separation of so many miles be too much for their relationship? Des has real fears.
About the Author
Penny Becchio started life on a small country Police Station on the NSW south coast. She spent her childhood moving with her family to a number of country towns where she revelled in the freedom of country life, until it was time to attend boarding school in Sydney.
Penny has had a varied career spending several years at the ABC, and then teaching music and drama, before taking on senior management positions within the data communication industry.
Scouting has also been a significant part of her life, especially her involvement with the Hornsby Scout Gang Show. For over 25 years she has been musical director, production director and is currently the show’s general manager.
Penny now lives on Sydney’s North Shore with her husband Ray, where she is involved in community projects and enjoys spending time with her grandchildren and writing stories.
Number Of Pages: 311
Published: 1st November 2009
Publisher: Sid Harta Publishers
Dimensions (cm): 21.5 x 14.0