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The Drowned Man: A true story of life, death and murder on HMAS Australia by [Murray, Brendan James]
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The Drowned Man: A true story of life, death and murder on HMAS Australia Kindle Edition

3.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews

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Length: 411 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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A chance encounter in a fish-’n’-chip shop set Brendan Murray on the trail of a mystery. Had a gay man been secretly murdered on HMAS Australia during the Second World War?
The veteran he spoke to was certain. ‘I knew about it,’ he said. ‘We all did.’
But was the story true? If so, who was the dead man? And why was it so hard to find out?
The Drowned Man is a search for the answer, almost stymied by cover-up and silence. In the end, it brings us to the lies that have shrouded our understanding of war, and especially of war at sea.
As one of the survivors poignantly says, ‘I want to pass it on to the next generation. What it was like. What it was really like.’
This is a work of kaleidoscopic intensity by a strong new Australian voice.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 7376 KB
  • Print Length: 411 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Echo Publishing (1 July 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01HEI540G
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #140,978 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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In seeking the truth behind long held Naval rumours, James uncovers the awful truth about homophobia played out in the inevitable demise of 2 men killed on HMAS Australia. He details the necessity of the Naval coverup for preservation male honour and the reputation of the Senior Service. All this set against a backdrop of the horrors of war and ironically the bonding of true mateship! Well written account and a great read.
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Only got into 2pc of this book. A bloke meets another bloke in a shop. HMAS Sydney was never infamous, the first and second had proud war time records. HMAS Lonsdale was a reserve depot at Port Melbourne where ships crew in refit at Williamstown stayed. 'Screamers' was located in the exhibition gardens. Any sailor could of told you that.
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great read very informative left it up to the reader to make up there own mind about what happened on the Australia,well written
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