by Jim Anderson
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Billarooby by Jim Anderson

After the mysterious death of his grandfather, 11-year-old Lindsay Armstrong and his family leave England for a new life in New South Wales. Property is bought in remote Billarooby, a small settlement on the Lachlan River. It is 1942. The war is far away, but a stranger the boy chases from the farm, turns out to be a young Japanese soldier escaped from a nearby POW camp. His witness of the brutal recapture of the prisoner, triggers the horrific memory of a festering family secret involving both himself and his tyrannical father. The trouble in Billarooby has just begun. Lindsay acquires a picture book about ancient samurai warriors and their Code of Bushido. He comes to believe that the prisoners wish for nothing but to re-join the Emperor and regain their honour, something he feels is lacking in the local world that surrounds him.

Lindsay is not the only one obsessed with the prisoners. The district's paranoid fantasies of mass escape are decidedly blacker than Lindsay's imaginings. Racial tensions erupt as the great drought grips and threatens to destroy the once flourishing farm. Vigilantism combined with inability to tackle the truth about the Armstrong family's darkest past, drive Lindsay's parents to desperate measures and bouts of madness. For Lindsay, it's a coming-of-age of great poignancy as the story reaches its climax on the dried-up river bed of the Lachlan.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780671680398
Publisher: Touchstone
Publication date: 06/15/1989
Edition description: 1st Fireside ed
Pages: 321

About the Author

Billarooby is the first novel of Sydney based writer and photo-artist, Jim Anderson, now being republished by Valentine Press. His second novel Chipman's African Adventure, was published by Valentine Press in 2015. Jim was the art editor of London's infamous OZ Magazine. He and the other two editors were briefly jailed in 1971 after a sensational 6-week trial at the Old Bailey for publishing obscene material. Some months later the High Court overturned the sentences and quashed the convictions, allowing the editors to continue publishing OZ. Another publication, LAMPOON an historical art trajectory 1976-2010, is a memoir and a collection of Jim's collages, cartoons and other artworks from this period and later.

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