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Only Birds Above

Portland Jones



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Fremantle Arts Centre Prs
04 March 2022
War doesn't happen just to the solider- its effects and after-effects are felt down the generations. Only Birds Above by Portland Jones spans two wars and two generations, looking at the lasting impacts of war on the lives it touches.

This is the story of Arthur Watkins, blacksmith, who leaves his beloved young wife Helen to serve with the 10th Light Horse Battalion in the Middle East in World War I. He returns without his horse, a man forever changed by what he has seen and suffered. Years later, Arthur's children Ruth and Tom are still feeling the effects of the first war when Tom is sent by his father to work in Sumatra. Tom Watkins is there in 1942 when the Japanese invade and is taken prisoner. This is the story of two wars that divide and unite a father and son, and all the years that lie in between.
Imprint:   Fremantle Arts Centre Prs
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 207mm,  Width: 140mm,  Spine: 16mm
Weight:   226g
ISBN:   9781760990268
ISBN 10:   1760990264
Pages:   216
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Portland Jones is a writer, lecturer and horse trainer who lives and works in the Swan Valley. She has a PhD in Literature and her first novel, Seeing the Elephant, was shortlisted for the City of Fremantle Hungerford Award. Only Birds Above is her second novel. She has also co-authored a non-fiction book, Horses Hate Surprise Parties. Portland lives and works in the Swan Valley and is currently working on a third novel and another non-fiction book.

Reviews for Only Birds Above

This novel perfectly and poignantly takes you into battle with men and horses at war, and captures the pain and beauty, along with the slivers of hope, carried by the mothers, wives, sons and daughters left behind. --Jon Doust

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