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Justin Sheedy, author of "Nor the Years Condemn", a gripping historical fiction based the stunning true WWII story of how the best & brightest of a generation picked one of the fastest ways to die of the War - and won it. Also "Goodbye Crackernight", a comic memoir of growing up in 1970s Australia - When a child's proudest possession was not a PlayStation but a second-hand bike.


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NOR THE YEARS CONDEMN by Justin Sheedy - "A gripping story of war, love, loss and survival".

"Nor the Years Condemn" - At the beginning of World War II, Britain was in the deepest trouble imaginable. 5 minutes flying time away crouched a monster. Alone against it, Britain called out to her Empire. For pilots. From all corners of that Empire, they volunteered. Only the best & brightest were chosen. Australian Daniel Quinn was one of these young men who came to fly against the monster. They had a 1-in-3 chance of survival.

“Nor the Years Condemn” is based on the true story of the young Australians who flew Spitfires against the all-conquering might of Nazi Germany. In their late teens and early-20s, for the job at hand they had to be the ‘shining ones’, rendering the death of so many of them doubly heart-rending for the reader. Daniel Quinn, flanked by the often hilarious young men of his elite ilk, leaves his peacetime life behind to fight tyranny in this portrait of doomed, brilliant youth.

With in-the-cockpit flying sequences that readers have described as ‘cinematic’, “Nor the Years Condemn” is also a story of the mothers cursed to relinquish their wonderful sons to war, of first love, of strategic deception and betrayal, of brotherhood and once-in-a-lifetime friendship on a knife’s edge. It is a story of shining young men destined never to become old, and of those who do: the survivors ‘condemned by the years’, and to their memory of friends who remain forever young.

For reading excerpts, reviews and news on "Nor the Years Condemn", go to Crackernight.com.
 

GOODBYE CRACKERNIGHT by Justin Sheedy – Tale of a Lost Era.

"Goodbye Crackernight" - My inspiration to write this book was the across-the-board and instant enthusiasm I received from anyone of my own generation or older to whom I ever mentioned the word, ‘Crackernight’.  For anyone slightly too young to remember, ‘Crackernight’ was, until the early 80s, Australia’s annual fireworks night, when kids and adults alike would set off fireworks (or ‘crackers’) in the back yard, on ovals and reserves in every suburb and country town across Australia.  For children of the 1970s (Gen-X), this one night of the year rivalled your birthday and Christmas.

My story traces the demise of Crackernight through the 70s (until it was banned in the early 80s) in parallel with the passing of our childhood.  This was an era when a child’s proudest possession was not a Playstation but a second-hand bike.  Just about everything we did for fun cost little or no money.  Unlike today’s kids (Generation Z), we weren’t wired in to computer technology.  There wasn’t any.  Amazing, but somehow we survived without mobile phones.  (Somehow we survived Crackernight every year, at least, most of us did...)  Yes, we needed electricity to watch Lost In Space every day after school but, unlike today’s ‘plugged-in’ kids, if there was a power blackout, most of the time we’d scarcely have noticed as we’d be outside – playing with other kids in the street, riding our bikes, or damming up a creek down the bush.  In a way, we made our own electricity, we were the electricity.  We relied on our imaginations.  We had to.

Australia was a far simpler place in the 1970s.  Because it was, we made our own fun.  It was a blander place, a White-Bread World.  Yet just as we were growing up, so was Australia, and evolving into the multicultural society we know and love today. For reading excerpts, reviews and news on "Goodbye Crackernight", go to Crackernight.com.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR...

Justin Sheedy had his first book, “Goodbye Crackernight”, published at the end of 2009. This comic portrait of growing up in the suburbs of 1970s Australia (when a child’s proudest possession wasn’t a PlayStation but a 2nd-hand bike) was so warmly received by Australian readers that it saw Justin invited to the Byron Bay Writers’ Festival 2010.
His latest book, “Nor the Years Condemn”, is an historical fiction based on a true Australian story of Gallipoli proportions, yet one relatively unknown by the Australian Public. It is the story of how, in World War II, the best & brightest of an Australian generation flew the iconic Supermarine Spitfire against Nazi tyranny. A saga as exciting as it is tragic, ironically this ‘best & brightest’ had picked one of the fastest ways to die of the War.  And won it.
The product of a decade’s research plus Australian air-war veteran interviews, “Nor the Years Condemn” has recently received the following response from an actual Battle of Britain veteran...
I served with 74 Squadron as ground crew during the Battle of Britain and realize what a great job Justin Sheedy has done in bringing to light the exploits of these young Australian fighter pilots during World War II.” - Arthur Westerhoff, United Kingdom.
"Nor the Years Condemn" recently saw Justin invited as a guest author to the Gloucester Writers' Festival 2012 which proved a major success for him. The book has received excellent media coverage was well as Rave Reviews. Click HERE to read them & for reading excerpts of "Nor the Years Condemn".
“Nor the Years Condemn” is now available as a Print-on-Demand Paperback at AMAZON and as an E-Book in all ebook formats at SMASHWORDS and all major ebook websites. AND NOW AT DYMOCKS BOOKSTORES! "Goodbye Crackernight" is also available via ALL bookstores and as a paperback & ebook at AMAZON.
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Sydney,  Australia
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