Meet Pamela Rushby

Meet Pamela Rushby

In 1942, over two days, Australian and American servicemen fought against each other, rioting in the streets of Brisbane, in an incident that became known as the Battle of Brisbane.

When multi-award winning author Pamela Rushby began researching the story of the Battle of Brisbane, she found many more interesting events of World War 2 Brisbane than she’s expected. That newspapers were told not to report the incident, and that the news of it never reached America. That spaghetti arrived in Brisbane in a big way, in the legendary Mama Luigi’s. That civilians were panicked when Japanese planes – Zeros – appeared unexpectedly and unannounced, screaming over Brisbane. That many believed that, if the Japanese invaded, Australia would be abandoned to then, above a ‘Brisbane line’.

Nine-year-old Roddy is a newspaper boy in the city, his afterschool job selling evening newspapers, shouting ‘Tellee! City Fiiinal! Gethcher Teeellleee!’ When Roddy becomes caught up in the Battle of Brisbane, and helps an injured American serviceman, he never expects that the battle will become covered up, a wartime secret, never to be reported in the newspapers he sells. Or that his life will be changed forever – all the way to the USA.

Join Pamela Rushby in these special events for all ages as she shares her new book The Secret Battle and her fascinating research discoveries.

Books will be available for purchase on the day, or bring your copy from home to be signed. To reserve your place, visit Eventbrite or phone the library.

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