Richard Plunkett has had a varied working life. A former journalist, he interviewed rock stars. An inveterate traveller, he has also written several travel guides for Lonely Planet. Now in the guise of historian he has written The Long Patrol. He is Australian and lives in Melbourne.
The Long Patrol is an insightful exploration of East Timor's history and, especially, of the role played by Australia and Australians since 1942. It explores why and when Australia has been involved and the impact of that involvement - or of its lack. Part of the successful The Drum series from Black Dog books, there is much use made of eyewitness accounts to personalise the events and bring them to life for teen readers. * Aussie Reviews *