Tim Bowden talks on 'Larrikins in Khaki'

Published on 19 August 2019


Tim Bowden is one of Australia’s most accomplished journalists, has authored many books as well as historical radio documentary programs and MidCoast Council Libraries is excited to be hosting a series of author talks for his latest novel, ‘Larrikins in Khaki’.

Tim resides on the MidCoast and he’ll be bringing his wit, humour and tales of his incredible career to Tea Gardens Library on Monday 26 August at 2.30pm, Hallidays Point Library on Wednesday 28 August from 2pm and Forster Library on Saturday 7 September at 2pm.

“We can’t wait to welcome Tim to our Libraries and to find out more about his adventures, travels and how this fantastic book came to life,” said Chris Jones, Manager of MidCoast Council Libraries.

“Tim is a highly accomplished journalist and author and well-respected around the country. It really is a big coup to be able to offer these very special author events across our community.”

In researching ‘Larrikins in Khaki’, Tim sourced a range of compelling and vivid stories from individual soldiers who fought in WWII, whose memoirs were mostly self-published and who told of their experiences with scant regard for literary pretensions and military niceties.

On the hard-won battlefields of Palestine, North Africa, Burma and beyond, in the midst of exhaustion, pain and bloodshed, rose the spirit of the 'Larrikins in Khaki'.

With their hilarious anecdotes, routine flouting of authority and genuine camaraderie, the Australians who fought in World War II were a wild and courageous bunch.

Now their stories will never be forgotten, told in their own colourful voices.

Even amidst the gruelling daily grind, the mounting death toll and the devastation of World War II, the Diggers were a raucous and irreverent lot.

Tim Bowden is a master storyteller and social historian who has a special understanding of the Australian World War II experience.

He is a highly acclaimed broadcaster, radio and television documentary maker who for many years was known as the face of the ABC.

Born in Hobart, Tim graduated from the University of Tasmania with a Bachelor of Arts, before commencing work with the BBC’s General Overseas Service in London as a radio interviewer and producer.

He then worked as a Talks Officer, before becoming a producer on the ABC’s major current affairs program This Day Tonight.

In 1975, he joined their Radio Drama and Features Department, leaving a lasting legacy on Radio National’s Social History Unit and the programs Talking History and That’s History.

“We know these free author events with Tim will attract plenty of interest and bookings are essential,” added Chris.

Head to www.midcoastlibraries.nsw.gov.au/events to secure your place.