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“It was the only lottery I ever won.” ... Conscription by ballot Vietnam War

That was the way twenty year old Manfred Wright described his luck when he saw his birth date drawn from a barrel in the ’sixties. It meant he had been drafted into a controversial war in Vietnam as a conscript. His childhood friend Tony D’Italia was not so ‘lucky’.

That scenario was all historical fiction writer Davide Cottone needed to set him off on a quest to advance the cause of Australian war veterans from Vietnam. The story, an historical fiction, aims at alerting the public at large to the real sacrifices our diggers have made over the years in trying to help keep Australia safe.

“I missed out on conscription and this book is my contribution to honour my mates who were conscripted,” Davide explained. “In the words of the motto of the Australian Association of Vietnam Veterans and the Australian Federation of Vietnam Veterans, I wanted to ‘Honour the dead and fight like hell for the living’.”

The novel called Vietnam … Viet-Bloody-Nam, revolves around two childhood friends, Manfred and Tony, who were nurtured in the countryside in the fifties and enjoyed the utopia of a nation at peace that was carefree and full of hope after WWII. Vietnam replaced all that with a dystopia where conflicting ideologies trapped one in the dehumanising cauldron of war and spat out the other onto the streets in protest against it. As they tried to adjust to a new divided Australia one hid from the society that spurned him while the other sought solace in the hippie communes of the North. Years later, they are reunited and search for a way to re-enter the paradise that Vietnam … Viet-Bloody-Nam, stole from them.  

The novel has been released to coincide with the fortieth anniversary of the end of the war in Vietnam and is being promoted right across Australia through the RSL network of clubs. This book could just as easily be about Iraq or Afghanistan where history could end up repeating itself and that is what makes the novel so compelling.

After his great success with his other historical fiction novel, canecutter, where Davide captured the migrant experience of new Australians in the canefields between 1924 and 1985, the author insisted another historical fiction was the best way to get his message across. With his forty years experience as a teacher and formal qualifications of an MA in applied linguistics, Davide had the skills as well as the stories which were based on two real life experiences.

More on Vietnam … Viet-Bloody-Nam can be found on the P.I.E. Books website: www.piebooks.net and the book can be purchased directly from the website, in bookstores or online where the book is being distributed globally as POD and as an eBook. The author is happy to communicate with anyone who has an interest in the topic by email: [email protected] or by phone on 0408709094.

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P.I.E.Books:        Davide A Cottone.  (Author, playwright and poet)

 

Davide A Cottone, as an historical fiction writer, playwright and poet, delves deeply into personal experiences as he witnesses them unravelling in the world around him and around the world of others. With his forty years experience as a teacher in Australia, Papua New Guinea, China and Hong Kong and formal qualifications of an MA in applied linguistics, Davide has the skills as well as the stories which are all based on real life experiences.

 

He has published three full length novels, five musicals, four plays and two collections of his poetry. After his great success with his other historical fiction novel, canecutter, where Davide captured the migrant experience of new Australians in the canefields between 1924 and 1985, the author insisted another historical fiction was the best way to get his message across in his next novel, Vietnam … Viet-Bloody-Nam.

 

More on Vietnam … Viet-Bloody-Nam and other work by the author can be found on the P.I.E. Books website: www.piebooks.net and the book can be purchased directly from the website, in bookstores or online where the book is being distributed globally as POD and as an eBook. The author is happy to communicate with anyone who has an interest in the topic by email: [email protected] or by phone on 0408709094.

 

 

 


Davide Cottone
M: 0408709094
W: www.piebooks.net

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Vietnam War, Conscription, Protests, Moratorium, Homecoming, War veterans.

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