ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- This makes captivating reading as it moves chronologically through the wartime years of 1939 to 1945 with vignettes that capture the tone and concerns of the time in general but primarily focusing on the less inspirational examples of human behaviour among Sydney's inhabitants. It is interesting to discern the political preoccupations and spin of the day from the politicos, law enforcement executive and Church, in comparison with current day discourse. Craig Kirchner
It seems that not even world war could stop crime in Sydney. In fact, World War Noir confirms that war and crime - in the form of sex, drugs, alcohol, racketeering and other illicit activities - go hand in hand. A companion book to the later glory days of the Sydney underworld from Sydney Noir, here Michael Duffy and Nick Hordern tell the story of a time when many Australians were not as patriotic as we have been told. With soldiers' pockets full of cash and the freedom of being on leave, criminal possibilities opened up during World War II.
Told from the ground - or the gutter - up, World War Noir is a raw and broad-ranging tale that confounds expectations and reveals a grittier truth.
, Nick Hordern
New South Books
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01 April 2019
Introduction: Sydney in wartime Important people 1939: Phoney war 1940: Waiting gaily here 1941: A lot of gazelles 1942: In the mood 1943: As bad as can be conceived 1944: Normal, banal, familiar 1945: You'll come out the other side of Christmas Epilogue: Don't fence me in List of illustrations Bibliography
Reviews for World War Noir: Sydney's unpatriotic war
'A grisly, gangster-strewn glissade through 1940s Sydney. Shows what real Aussies are made of when they don't give a shit about king and country. Here's the flip side of the Anzac spirit, and it's squalid, brutal and grimly captivating.' - Paul Ham