While the Band Played Waltzing Matilda
As the son of a bureaucrat in Singapore, Bryan Lockhart was raised within society that cherished conformity to social norms and service above all else. It is a culture which has no place for someone who is unable to answer the question; 'What am I, a boy or a girl?' one Bryan is unable to. At age 14 Bryan turns to Madam Leu, a Chinese woman who caters to the eclectic needs of pre-war Singapore. She introduces him to a Malay transsexual. While the two outcasts form a friendship that transcends race and class, Madam Leu draws Bryan into a world in which men of wealth pay well to satisfy their desires. When this is discovered, Bryan is exiled to a boarding school in England. In time, Bryan takes an assignment in Australia where he seeks to begin a new life for himself. The coming of war and the posting of Bryan's unit to Singapore leads to a very different conflict as he follows a path that puts him at odds with the society he must defend and tests his loyalty to his fellow officers.
- Paperback | 197 pages
- 152.4 x 228.6 x 12.7mm | 358.34g
- 27 Jan 2012
- London, United Kingdom