A memoir of a boy adrift

by Mark A. Bruhwiller

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Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 20/09/2011

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 5.5x8.5
Page Count : 204
ISBN : 9781452502380

About the Book

This memoir/autobiography celebrates 50 years of Junior Recruit service to our navy. Established in 1960 and decommissioned in 1984 the story follows the life of a 15 year old inducted into the service for twelve years in 1968 and sent to Vietnam on the Vung Tau Ferry (H.M.A.S. Sydney) the following year. His somewhat capricious journey begins from his hometown of Seven Hills, to the Seven Seas, with a hint of mysticism along the way.

The Commemorative year of 2010 recognised the contributions made by young teens, many still children, to their country. My story is partly dedicated to those who didn't survive physically and/or mentally serving at a time when bullying and bastardising was the model in the defence forces, along with an element of stoic indifference on behalf of the young recruits’ custodians, although not always. Furthermore, the world was on its own path to perdition at this critical time in our history.

*Mark has won a literary award in 2009 for his short story under the title ‘A New Life’ at the beginning of this book. Also, he has 2 previous non-fiction books published in Australia by Zeus Publications in 2006 and 2009.

About the Author

Mark lives on the mid-north coast of New South Wales, Australia, with his partner Lisa. Having served in the Royal Australian Navy and as a holder of the Returned From Active Service badge, along with service in the public sector, rehabilitation and services, mature age student, restaurant owner, single father and salesman, Mark considered his background such that he could sit down and write a story, which he did with his first non-fiction tome, Inside Out: The Black Heart Of The Motor Trade, followed by Surviving Chronic Cretinism, published by Zeus Publications in 2006 and 2009. This is his third foray into the world of non-fiction with his, what could be described as a prequel to an anthology, although it does stand on its own.