The story of Billy Young / Anthony Hill.Material type: BookPublisher: Docklands, Vic. : Penguin Books, 2014Copyright date: ©2012Description: xv, 415 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780143569138 (paperback) :; 0143569139 (paperback).Subject(s): Young, Bill, 1925- -- Childhood and youth | Australia. Australian Army Australian Imperial Force, 2nd (1939-1946) -- Biography | Sandakan (Concentration camp) -- Biography | World War, 1939-1945 -- Prisoners and prisons, Japanese -- Biography | World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives, Australian | World War, 1939-1945 -- Australia -- Participation, Juvenile | Prisoners of war -- Australia -- Biography | Soldiers -- Australia -- Biography | Changi (Singapore : Concentration camp) -- Biography | Outram Road (Singapore : Concentration camp) -- Biography | Australia -- BiographyDDC classification: 940.547252092
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:
Billy Young was a boy of fifteen when he joined the AIF in 1941. He was an orphan - hungry, broke, with nowhere to sleep - and the army offered him a feed, a blanket and five shillings a day. Then the army sent him to Malaya where he became a POW when Singapore fell to the Japanese. 'Billy the Kid' spent his remaining teenage years in Japanese prisons: he escaped from the notorious Sandakan and spent time in solitary in the barbaric Outram. Billy survived by a combination of luck, larrikin humour and cunning, learned as a market boy growing up in Sydney during the Depression. He has lasted into old age by virtue of his extraordinary spirit. A powerful account of one of the youngest-ever prisoners of war, by award-winning author Anthony Hill. Praise for The Story of Billy Young 'Hill writes beautifully . . . and the story, brutal in parts as it is, should never be lost.' Daily Telegraph'A fascinating and historically significant read - one that deserves widespread acclaim.' Burnie Advocate 'The Story of Billy Young will bring tears to the eyes of many readers . . . an important first-hand account of a painful chapter in Australian history.' Ballarat Courier
Originally published: 2012.
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