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Dear Grandpa, Why?

Reflections from Kokoda to Hiroshima

John L. Read

Dear Grandpa, Why?
'Dear Grandpa, why?' is a question that has been asked many times over, by descendants of those who have died in war. John L. Read, however, has placed his energy into actually seeking an answer to his own question. - Hon. Sir Eric Neal, AC, CVO

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 cross-cultural dialogue in helping spare future generations from the despair and waste of international conflict.

John L. Read's odyssey provides a historical insight into the cause of the war against Japan and a graphic portrayal of the cultural grief experienced by families who lost loved ones. - Charlie Lynn, Kokoda Treks

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). John lives with his wife and young family on Eyre Peninsula, on the largest private nature reserve in South Australia. He spends most of his time researching animals from deadly taipan snakes to critically endangered mammals, and working with traditional landowners.

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Category Biography/Autobiography/True Stories
Format Paperback
Size 210 x 140 mm
ISBN 9781743055762
Extent 192 pages
Price: AU$24.95 including GST
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