The Listening Watch












Published February 2013 
as a kindle e-book. 
Available from Amazon UK
or Amazon.com

 
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This is a book about Len Hall, 
an Australian who served as 
radio operator in 
Viet Nam, 1969-1970.


The Listening Watch

This is a book about war for people who do not read war books. It is the story of Australian veterans who served in Viet Nam. This was not a popular war; nor perhaps even a winnable one. But 50,000 Australians volunteered or were conscripted to serve beside the American and South Vietnamese armies. 

This book listens to neglected voices from that war. It tells something of the story of Len Hall, a West Australian who served in Viet Nam 1969 to 1970. When he returned, he was a different person. Many years later he realised he had been traumatised. What does this mean? What is it like to suffer from war trauma? How do wives and families cope with this? The Listening Watch discovers how war can affect the families and friend of veterans - how modern conflicts can reach far beyond their time and place.

As our young men and women continue to serve in foreign wars, what lessons can we really learn from Viet Nam?

The book is also a study of the silence which surrounds the memories of war; the painful gaps in understanding;the empty spaces war leaves behind.


The Listening Watch: Memories of Viet Nam

Contents

1   The veterans                          

2   The listening watch                  

3   The empty space                    

4   After trauma                  

5   Viet Nam mon amour              

Postscript                               

Further reading       



 

Available as a Kindle from Amazon

You can read a kindle e-book on
many different computers.
You don't need a special reader.
See Amazon.com for free download
which enables you to read a kindle book
on your PC, Mac, iPad, phone, etc.
 

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Len and Georgie, Christmas 1968




Len and Georgie's wedding, July 1969




Back from Viet Nam



Welcome Home Parade 
Sydney, 1987



Len Hall, August 2000


14 April 2013
Perth Legacy held a gathering to remember Len 
and to mark the publication of 
The Listening Watch.
Left to right:
John Burridge, Georgina Hall, 
Trudi Tate, Creagh Bramley


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