Thirteen short stories make up this book: from the romance of ‘The Angel of Tobruk’ to the deadly battles of ‘The Third of August’, ‘Staying Alive’, ‘Horace the Horse’, to the nostalgia of ‘My Grandfather the Soldier’, ‘Suburban Hero’, ‘Homecoming’ and ‘The Light in the Window’. Plus some history of the 2nd/43rd battalion in World War Two, who fought at Tobruk, El Alamein, New Guinea and Borneo. The ‘Rats of Tobruk’ fought, died, were wounded, and won many battles in that time. But, many stories are about the women who became nurses, stayed home, repaired the damage their men sustained both physically and mentally after the services were finished with them. Although, the stories are fictional, there are many historical facts of great interest to many who had loved ones who served in the war.
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Reece Pocock is from Adelaide, South Australia. He writes crime/thrillers, historical fiction, children’s stories, short stories, personal development books, screenplays and stage plays.
After years in the Army, Reece enjoyed a business career in sales and management. He was instrumental in introducing the Bobcat skid steer loader to the South Australian market—this was one of the highlights of this career.
He studied from 2000 to 2003 to obtain his Advanced Diploma of Arts (Professional Writing). This experience had a profound influence on his life, opening up many opportunities and proved life changing.
History as a Writer
Reece had about sixty articles published in, TheCheers online magazine. This website also published twelve of Reece’s short stories.
Two short stories, The Girl in the Red Beret, and What a Dirty Little Town was included in an anthology—The Killing Words—published by Crime-writers SA.
Reece won the City of Burnside Library crime short story contest, with his story, The Girl in the Red Beret. His screenplay, The Soldiers, adapted from his novel of the same name, was highly commended in the Di Cranston award administered by the Fellowship of Australian Writers. The Ned Kelly writing award long listed, Murder on Display and The Politics of Murder.
Reece’s first crime novel, Murder on Display, was published by Custom Book Publications in November 2012 and the same publisher published his second novel the Politics of Murder in September 2014. He has self-published Evil in the City, a book of crime short stories, Love and War, war-related short stories. Melissa Lane, girl detective a children’s story about missing lunch money, Sarah Loves ice cream a children’s story about a girl’s obsession with ice cream, How to achieve High Self-esteem, a self-improvement book. Refugee, a historical family Saga. He also writes articles, mainly for business.
Reece Pocock loves to read and after many years discovered he could write. He has published crime, children, history, short stories. He has also written screenplays and plays receiving an award for a screenplay. He lives with his wife and enjoys his family especially his three beautiful granddaughters.