Ray Parkin's Wartime Trilogy: Out of the Smoke; Into the Smother; The Sword and the Blossom

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Ray Parkin's classic POW trilogy, originally published in the 1960s, has been out of print for many years. Now eagerly sought after, it will be available for the first time in a single volume. Written with honesty, humour and sharp observation, the three volumes are illustrated with Parkin's delightful drawings.

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Ray Parkin was born in Melbourne in 1910. A omnivorous reader and gifted artist, he largely educated himself and became a fine maritime painter. He spent eighteen years in the Royal Australian Navy, including three years as a prisoner of war of the Japanese during World War 2. After the war he became a waterfront tally clerk and wrote of his wartime experiences in Out of the Smoke, Into the Smother and The Sword and the Blossom, all published to critical acclaim by The Hogarth Press, London, in the 1960s. After his retirement Ray spent many years researching, writing and illustrating his remarkable, award-winning work H. M. Bark Endeavour, published in 1997 by Melbourne University Press. He is now working on his next book.

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' . . . probably the finest POW writing in English.' -- Max Harris, Australian

'. . . a deeply moving tale of self-imposed discipline and unyielding resolution in the face of the most daunting difficulties . . . If Mr Parkin never writes another word he will have given the world something truly memorable in this humbly told tale about the ship that he loved and the ordeal that he and his comrades underwent after she was lost.' -- Economist, on Out of the Smoke

'. . . his gift of finding a telling and evocative phrase, the skill of his drawings which illustrate the narrative and, above all, his capacity to enter into the feelings of men enduring great privation, put it into a class of its own . . . The two earlier volumes were lifted far above the normal level of such stories by the author's sensitivity to his physical surroundings and his striving to find some underlying meaning behind the suffering and degradation of his experiences. These elements still feature in this continuation of the story, with particular stress on an attempt to understand the complexity of the Japanese character.' -- Times Literary Supplement, on The Sword and the Blossom

'. . . the great virtue of this account, although compiled day by day, is its objectivity: there is no moaning, no self-pity, no trace of morbidness . . . the book is not a mere chronicle of human cruelty and misery, but holds implicitly a commentary on human nature that is relevant outside the camp still.' -- Sunday Times, on Into the Smother

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