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Better Read Than Dead

Author talk with Paul Byrnes

Join Paul Byrnes as he talks about the astonishing stories of under-age Australian soldiers who fought in the Second World War in his latest book, Sons of War. Paul will also be interviewing one of few survivng men featured in the book, Len Leggett.

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Author talk with Paul Byrnes
Author talk with Paul Byrnes

Time & Location

06 Nov 2022, 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Better Read Than Dead, 265 King St, Newtown NSW 2042, Australia


About The Event

A follow-up to the bestselling The Lost Boys, a unique take on World War II that, amazingly, has never been covered before. Stunning photography, exquisite writing, incredibly moving stories. Fully illustrated throughout, featuring stunning portraits from the Australian War Memorial archives and families. Military history has never been so personal.

In the Second World War, thousands of Australian boys lied about their age and volunteered for a war the scale of which they could never have imagined. Like many of their fathers in the Great War, they went with their eyes wide shut: undertrained, under-equipped and under-age. Some were as young as thirteen – too young even to shave. Many did not grow old; others came back broken. A handful are still alive to tell their tales. This extraordinary book captures the bold and untold stories of forty Australian children who fought in the deadliest war in history. Follow these boys through Libya and Palestine, Greece and Crete to the jungles of Malaya, Papua New Guinea and Borneo, fighting for their lives, their country, their mates. Many of the photographs have never been seen. Haunting images of youths in training camps and behind the lines stand beside moving portraits of old men who have not forgotten. Sons of War is a deeply personal military history: an homage to youthful bravery, a eulogy for those who fell, a tribute to those still standing.

Paul will also be interviewing one of few survivng men featured in the book, Len Leggett.

About Paul

Paul Byrnes joined The Sydney Morning Herald in 1976, reporting from various corners of the world for a decade, before specialising as a feature writer and film critic. He was director of the Sydney Film Festival for ten years, until 1998. In 2007, he won the Pascall Prize, Australia's highest award for critical writing in the arts. His bestseller, The Lost Boys, about underage Anzacs in the First World War, won the Indie Award for Best Illustrated Book and was shortlisted for the overall industry award for Best Illustrated Book. Sons of War is his second book. He lives in Australia and France.


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