He's Not Coming Home
by Gillian Nikakis

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He's Not Coming Home by Gillian Nikakis
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Paperback: 302 pages
Publisher: Gillian Nikakis
ISBN: 9781925457230
Trim size: 152 x 229 mm
Gillian Nikaki’s parents met and married in the 1930s in colonial Rabaul, New Guinea. Life for expats was exotic, glamorous and sometimes dangerous, especially during the volcanic eruptions that eventually destroyed the town.

Shortly before the Japanese invasion in 1942, Gillian’s mother Tick was evacuated to Australia with her two small children, along with hundreds of others. Her father Bill was interned soon after wards by the Japanese and was never seen again.

The disappearance of men like Bill had a profound impact on their loved ones. For them the grief could never be resolved, and the anguish of not knowing lingered on, sometimes for a lifetime.

In He’s Not Coming Home, Gillian Nikakis describes her lifelong search for knowledge about her father, a man she barely remembers. As she follow his trail, she discovers more and more layers to the untold story of what actually happened in Rabaul  including the fate of the prisoners on the Montevideo Maru, and questionable behaviour by the Australian government.

An intriguing account of a place and a period that resonates for many Australians, He’s Not Coming Home also movingly reveals tragic wartime events whose effects are still felt today.

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