Armidale '42: A Survivor's Account

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Macmillan, 1999 - Art - 66 pages
A collaboration between Col Madigan, srvivor of this World War II disaster, artist Jan Senbergs and historian Don Watson, this collector's book, with tipped-in colour plates, tells by words and images the horrific story of the sinking of HMAS Armidale in the Timor Sea, and the gruelling ordeal undergone by the survivors. The book is illustrated with a suite of drawings (now held in the National War memorial, Canberra) by Jan Senbergs and a memoir by Col Madigan. The powerful introductory essay is by award-winning historian and biographer, Don Watson.

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Don Watson was born in 1949 in Australia. He is an author and public speaker. He took his undergraduate degree at La Trobe University and a PhD at Monash University and was for ten years an academic historian. He wrote three books on Australian history before turning his hand to TV and the stage. For several years he combined writing political satire for the actor Max Gillies with political speeches for the Premier of Victoria, John Cain. In 1992 he became Prime Minister of Australia Paul Keating's speech-writer and adviser and his best-selling account of those years, Recollections of a Bleeding Heart: A Portrait of Paul Keating PM, won both The Age Book of the Year and non-fiction Prizes, the Brisbane Courier Mail Book of the Year, the National Biography Award and the Australian Literary Studies Association's Book of the Year. His 2001 Quarterly Essay, Rabbit Syndrome: Australia and America won the inaugural Alfred Deakin Prize in the Victorian Premier's Literary Awards. Death Sentence was a best seller and won the Australian Booksellers Association Book of the Year. In 2015 his title, The Bush, won the Indie Book of the Year, the Book of the Year at the 2015 New South Wales Premier Literary Awards, and The Douglas Stewart Prize for Nonfiction. His 2016 Quarterly Essay, Enemy Within: American Politics in the Time of Trump is on the bestsellers list.

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