Thirteen-year-old David is confused and staying in Bondi with his grandparents. His mum seems to have abandoned him to run off with her lover, and his grandfather, Jimmy, spends his days at the local RSL grumbling with his best mates, all of them Jewish survivors of the Thai–Burma Railway. But underneath their bickering and banter struggle three men haunted by the ghosts of long-dead comrades.
The only person Jimmy can confide in is David, a boy from a different world, who is trying to make sense of his future and the daunting business of growing up.
Longlisted in 2012 for the Miles Franklin Literary Award & Shortlisted for The Age Book of the Year.
Soft cover, 368 pages.