Secondhand. Very good condition. Minor wear to book corners and edges.
Scottish-born but a Queenslander to the bone, Jock McLaren was a true Australian hero. As a prisoner, he escaped twice, first from Changi and later from the infamous Sandakan POW camp in Borneo.
After paddling a dugout canoe across the open sea, he fought for two years with American-led Filipino guerrillas, his exploits so audacious the Japanese put a price on his head.
At the helm of his 26-foot whaleboat, the Bastard, McLaren sailed brazenly into enemy-held harbours, wreaking havoc with his mortar and machine guns before heading back to sea.
In early 1945 he joined Australia's secretive Z Special Unit, parachuting into Borneo to conduct reconnaissance and organise anti-Japanese resistance ahead of Allied landings.
He cheated death numerous times and saved his own life by removing his appendix without anaesthetic, using 'two large dessert spoons' and a razor blade.
Drawing on Allied and Japanese wartime documents, Bastard Behind the Lines brings the story of a courageous digger vividly to life. It throws light on a rarely explored aspect of Australia's Pacific war. (back cover)