Melbourne University Press is proud to present Ray ParkinÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s famous trilogy of wartime experience, published here for the first time in a single volume. Unavailable for many years, these brilliant books hum with action, adventure and courage. Honestly and plainly written, they are full of humanity and great wisdom.
Ã¢â‚¬ËœOut of the smokeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ tells of RayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s experiences as Action Chief Quartermaster in HMAS Perth, which was sunk while engaging an overwhelming Japanese Naval force in the Sunda strait.
Ã¢â‚¬ËœInto the smotherÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ tells, direct from the authorÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s diary, of his 15 months as a POW on the Burma Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Siam railway.
Ã¢â‚¬ËœThe Sword and the BlossomÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ tells of Rays last 12 months of captivity.
These classic books are illustrated with Ray ParkinÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s evocative and detailed drawings and sketches, made secretly at the time. HB