Author(s): Barrie Cassidy
Barrie Cassidy's dad Bill survived more than four years as a prisoner of war in World War II. He first saw conflict on Crete in May 1941, during the only large-scale parachute invasion in wartime history. Just four days later, Bill was wounded and eventually captured. Twice he tried to escape his internmentandmdash;with horrific consequences. He suffered greatly but found courageous support from his fellow prisoners. His new wife Myra and his large family thought he was dead until news of his capture finally reached them. Back home, Myra too was a prisoner of sorts, with her own secrets. Then, fifty years after the war, unhealed wounds unexpectedly opened for Bill and Myra, testing them once again. Private Bill is a classic heart-warming storyandmdash;as told by their sonandmdash;of how a loving couple prevailed over the adversities of war to live an extraordinarily ordinary, happy life.
Barrie Cassidy is a veteran political journalist. In 1986 he became Bob Hawke's press secretary, leaving when Paul Keating took over the leadership in 1991. In 2010, Cassidy wrote The Party Thieves: the real story of the 2010 election and in 2013 co-authored An Ocean of Cricket with his son Adam. Cassidy currently hosts the Sunday morning political discussion show Insiders and the sports panel show Offsiders.