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by Peter Ryan
Duffy & Snellgrove  2002
Softcover
301 pages
Maps
ISBN: 1875989870

Language: English

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Fear Drive My Feet

This New Guinea classic was first published: Angus & Robertson, 1959. Now reprinted in a new soft cover edition, with and a new author's preface by Ryan written in October 2000. Also a forward by Sir Edward (Weary) Dunlop who describes the book as 'a moving account of a young man's lonely heroism in the face of great adversity'.

This book is Peter Ryan's story, told in his own words. At age 18 he was sent out alone, without training and very little support to conduct intelligence patrols against the Japanese in Morobe Province, near Lae in New Guinea. He tells his story of adversity, harrowing escapes. Equally moving are Ryan's respect for the native people who ensured the success of his work and the natural beauty of New Guinea landscape, that became the backdrop of the brutal war.

Review by  Justin Taylan

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January 27, 2018


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