Meet Judy Nunn - Wynnum Library

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Wynnum, QLD 4178

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Judy Nunn’s 15th novel is set in Townsville at a pivotal moment in Australia’s history. It’s 1942. Singapore has fallen, and it looks like Australia will be next. To combat this, Townsville is flooded with American soldiers, overnight becoming ‘Khaki Town’.

The local inhabitants welcome the Americas with open arms and the Black GIs reel in a brief period of integration, denied to them in their homeland. They mix with the locals with gusto but soon tensions arise not only between the Australian and American soldiers (“the Yanks are over-sexed, over-paid and over here”) but between the Black and White GIs.

Tensions reach a flashpoint and fights break out as racism raises its ugly head. At first the Federal Government had refused to accept African American soldiers on Australian soil, until Franklin D. Roosevelt said ‘if no Negroes, then no Americans, period!’ Real violence becomes inevitable, and reaches a peak on May 22nd, 1942 in a place called Kelso Field on the Ross River, just outside Townsville.

A young United States Congressman, Lyndon Baines Johnson, is sent to Townsville by his president to investigate the horrific events of that night.

Mixing historical facts and figures with well-drawn characters, join Judy Nunn as she discusses her meticulously researched page-touring tour de force new novel, Khaki Town.

Books will be available for purchase on the day, or bring your copy from home for Judy to sign.

Presented as part of the Lord Mayor's Writers in Residence series.

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