Second Son of a Soldier Settler: The Long Road Ahead
A sporting youngster who saw success in cricket and Aussie Rules, Douglas Cope joined the Royal Australian Navy at a very early age where he served on several vessels as U.W. [Underwater Warfare]. Second Son of a Soldier Settler Volume 1 recounts Douglas’s Naval career and his childhood, mostly devoid of love, spent pulling weeds among the grapevines in the dusty, infertile Mallee scrub.
In this second volume, Douglas has left the Navy, and we follow his foray into marriage, family, and work. Fond of the bottle, Douglas faces the demons of his mind and his past. At the Cross Roads of his life, lost in transition, his way forward is marked by wrong turns, and not too many rights. More by luck than good management, Douglas forges a career in Golf Course construction and management, before running a country pub and a corner store. Travelling north and south along Australia’s east coast, we meet hippies in the Top End, tough prawn trawler men in North Queensland, and outback farmers and Pub larrikins. Doug and his family endure caravan living, mice plagues, cyclones, and insect swarms on a search for fortitude and fulfilment down the long road towards the next horizon.
Specifications: Size: US Trade (152mm x 228mm) Pages: 498pp Binding: Perfect Bound