Imprint: Australian Scholarly Publishing

Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781921875403
Released: September 2011
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Proud Australian Boy: A Biography of Russell Braddon

By Nigel Starck

Russell Braddon – Burma Railway survivor and prolific man of letters – has left a remarkable legacy: a prisoner-of-war memoir The Naked Island selling two million copies and still in print sixty years later; a total of twenty-nine books including the acclaimed novel The Proud American Boy and biographies of Joan Sutherland, Nancy Wake, and Leonard Cheshire; a series of television documentaries notably the 1988 Australian Bicentenary series Images of Australia; thirty years as a prominent radio broadcaster; and twenty-five years as chairman of the Society of Australian Writers London. In an eventful life 1921–1995, he also developed a telepathy act that topped the bill at the London Palladium, wrote commentaries and features for major newspapers, and led a political action group opposed to Britain’s Common Market entry. This biography investigates those many challenges and achievements – and, for the first time, assesses Russell Braddon’s contribution to society.


 

Categories: Biography, Australian Literature

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