Shortlist year: 
2015
Shortlist category: 
Non-fiction
Published by: 
Melbourne University Press

About the book

book cover image: Private Bill by Barrie Cassidy.

Barrie Cassidy's father Bill survived more than four years as a prisoner of war in World War II. He first saw conflict on Crete in May 1941.

Just four days later, Bill was wounded and captured. His new wife Myra and his large family thought he was dead until news of his capture finally reached them.

Back home, many years of silence after the war, unhealed wounds unexpectedly opened for Bill and Myra, testing them once again.

Private Bill is a heart-warming story of how a loving couple prevailed over the adversities of war to live an extraordinarily ordinary, happy life.