March 1942: The world is at war. Too old to fight and with jobs scarce at home, Tom Phelps found work as a carpenter in the goldfields of the New Guinea Highlands. No one expected the Japanese to attack in the Pacific. But they did.

Tom and his mates weren’t going to hang around and wait to be killed. With escape routes bombed by the Japanese, their only option was to try to reach safety by foot, through some of the most rugged terrain on Earth – the Bulldog Track.

Back home in Sydney, Rose Phelps, their son, George, and three daughters, Joy, Shirley and Ann, waited for news of Tom’s fate. George watched the horrors of war unfold on newsreels knowing his dad was ‘over there’.

Travelling by foot, raft, canoe, schooner, train, luck and courage, Tom Phelps, half-starved and suffering malaria, would eventually make it home. His stories of New Guinea would lead his son and grandson to their own experiences with the country.’

This book was wonderful.

I was so excited to read this book and it didn’t disappoint. I am a pretty big fan of Australian Military history so I have read many books about the Kokoda Track but I had never even heard of The Bulldog Track or the ‘other Kokoda Track’ as it is sometimes known.

To get to learn about The Bulldog Track while following a group of ordinary men, as well as learning about Tom Phelps and his family made for a truly wonderful reading experience.

This book perfectly captures the Aussie spirit and the heart of what mateship really means. Reading about these amazing men and the journey that they went through was not only informative but emotional too.

I loved that this book not only followed the men on their journey over The Bulldog Track but it also gave the reader a glimpse into what it was like for the families that were left behind in Australia during War time.

I can’t imagine a better book to introduce a reader to The Bulldog Track and I am genuinely excited to learn more about this topic.

The Bulldog Track by Peter Phelps is a must read for all Australians.

Published by Geramie Kate Barker