Enemies Within These Shores

Enemies Within These Shores

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"We, of the far north, are drowning in immigrants who refuse to learn the language or assimilate into our way of life. These peasants, these wretched curs, are blights on our society." William Delahunty MP

Spring 1939. To appease his electorate, Delahunty orders a police roundup of Italian sugarcane workers. With his marriage failing, he initiates a volatile affair with Amy. What will be her revenge?

Summer 1941. Canefarmer Luigi is a naturalized British citizen, yet he is classified as an enemy alien during the war. Captured and interned for three years, what will he find on his return?

Autumn 1943. Edith is the wife of Tony Zucchero, an accountant and canefarmer. When he is unjustly interned, her father refuses to help. How will a city girl manage the farm alone?

Winter 1945. At Loveday Internment Camp, shell-shocked WW1 veteran Ted prevents a breakout and an uprising, and oversees secret experiments for the army. After the war, what will he do with his life?

Enemies within these Shores is a page-turning saga that sweeps from the sugar towns of tropical north Queensland to the Riverland district of South Australia. Based on a true story, the novel brings the WW2 home front to life.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 264 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 15mm | 390g
  • Australia
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 0994170025
  • 9780994170026
  • 1,828,092

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"Debbie Terranova has done a fine job with this novel, bringing to life a chapter in Australia's past that has been overlooked. Centralising a fictional narrative around the events of the round up and internment of Italian workers in far north Queensland, gives a voice to those impacted by these events." Mrs B's Book Reviews

"Debbie Terranova's third novel, Enemies within these Shores, is yet another gripping read. Her writing shows both attention to historical detail and perceptive use of colourful metaphors. Completely engrossing." Antoni Bonetti, Music Director and Conductor, Brisbane Symphony Orchestra

"This is a novel for anyone curious about aspects of life in Australia during the early 1940's and how our country, rightly or wrongly, addressed some of challenges of the period. The writing style is easy on the eye and the fact that, although a work of fiction, many of the events described actually happened make it all the more interesting." Wayne Dawson

"I thoroughly enjoyed reading Enemies within these Shores. A realistic blend of truth and fiction that is engaging and well-paced." Jenny
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About Debbie Terranova

Debbie Terranova is an award-winning author of urban crime mysteries with a conscience. She has written contemporary and historical fiction, crime mystery novels, and short stories. In 2018, she was awarded a Q ANZAC 100 Fellowship from the State Library of Queensland for her project entitled 'Queensland Women and War: a multicultural perspective'. 'Enemies within these Shores', historical fiction about life, love, and internment in Australia during World War Two, is her third novel. Crime mystery novels, 'Baby Farm' and 'The Scarlet Key' are gripping romps in and around Brisbane, featuring a dynamic duo of journalist super-sleuths, Seth VerBeek and Cate Bradshaw. 'Mowbray Bathers', a heart-warming story about coming of age and brotherly love, was a winner of the One Book Many Brisbanes short fiction competition in 2011.
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3 7% (1)
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