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Dear Grandpa, Why?: Reflections from Kokoda to Hiroshima

Dear Grandpa, Why?: Reflections from Kokoda to Hiroshima

by John L. Read


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Edward Thompson Mobsby, father of twin baby girls, volunteered for war service and was shot down by the Japanese in New Guinea in 1942. John Read’s quest for an apology for the death of his grandfather took him and his family from suburban Australia to a startling discovery in the mighty Owen Stanley Ranges, and on to Hiroshima.

John learned about Miyuki, a Japanese woman who had also taken her mother to New Guinea to answer questions about her grandfather’s death. When they eventually met in Osaka, their long conversations brought understanding, reconciliation and, almost, forgiveness. And, critically, revealed the value of crosscultural dialogue in helping spare future generations from the despair and waste of international conflict.

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ISBN-13: 9781743055762
Publisher: Wakefield Press, WA
Publication date: 05/29/2018
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.41(d)

About the Author

John L. Read is the author of Red Sand Green Heart, praised by
Outback Magazine as 'the rare insight of an ecologically educated writer with a flair for language', and The Last Wild Island: Saving
Tetepare, 'a journey to one of the last wild specks of land left on
Earth by an author every bit as readable as Tim Flannery - a page turner' (Sydney Morning Herald).

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