ANZAC cove to Hollywood
The story of Tom Skeyhill, master of deception. Signaller Tom Skeyhill landed at ANZAC Cove on 25 April 1915 as part of the 8th Battalion, AIF. Quickly recognising danger, he feigned blindness to escape. Wearing smoked-glass goggles he returned to Australia as the ‘blind soldier-poet’. His book of verse, Soldier-Songs from ANZAC, quickly sold 50,000 copies. Reinventing himself as charismatic public speaker, in 1917 he relocated to the USA and joined the War fundraising effort, eventually writing the war diary of Sergeant Alvin C. York, America’s most decorated First World War hero. Spinning exaggerated and often erroneous tales, Tom’s public lectures proved to be excellent theatre but truthfulness was a casualty of Tom’s restless ambition; an ambition which eventually brought him down. Soft cover, photographs, 258 pages.