A rollicking fictionalised tale about (real life) powerful characters, and how by helping preserve the dominance of the British Navy they arguably altered the outcome of WW1.
Main characters: Gertrude Bell (famous explorer, archaeologist and supporter of women’s rights – Nicole Kidman play her in the film Queen of the Desert); Admiral Jacky Fisher (a respected naval officer and the father of the Dreadnought, the first battleship and a key weapon in WWI); and William D'Arcy (Australian mining magnate who founded the oil industry in Persia).
Story has many crosscurrents and themes and includes romance, tragic love entanglements, suicides, war – all against the backdrop of northern Queensland, Persia (modern Iran), WW1 and Gallipoli.
The son of a baronet, Paul was born and educated in NZ before completing an M.A. at Cambridge University. He has lived with his family in Sydney since 1969 and is the author of three books (including his memoir, ODD BOY OUT (2018) and the novel AARDVARK (2016)) and two plays, plus five children's books based on Australian native animals.
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