Pat Baskett


I'm an ex-journalist. I wrote general feature articles for the New Zealand Herald, but my special interest was art, literature and music.
I wrote this novel because I had three uncles who fought in the Solomon Islands during World War 11. Two were hard-case farmers and the third, whom I never knew very well, was quieter and never looked at ease in uniform. I decided to explore their experiences and particularly those of the uncle who seemed somewhat of a misfit. He became the novel's anti-hero.
Much less has been written about the war in the Pacific than about the campaigns in Europe. My research brought to light aspects of the islands' history and their colonial past.
I spent three weeks there as a volunteer journalist for Oxfam in 1993 and stayed in villages. This experience gave me a feeling for the place which I hope comes through in my novel.


Beneath a Black Sun
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 95,220. Language: English. Published: December 19, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » War & military adventure
This unconventional war story alternates between the Solomon Islands, where Tom is liaison officer with the coastwatchers, and rural New Zealand where he returns after World War II. Annie, his younger sister, is cheerful, talented, but her actions contribute to his downfall. A critique of war, a post-colonial view of race relations and an account of post-traumatic stress are embedded here.

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