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Top 40 Book Club : 2011
38 39 This novel is as much a biography of Peter Chitty as it is a supplement to other works devoted to Changi Prison. It follows Chitty, one of eight siblings who served in WWII, from his days being scouted by Australian Rules Football clubs, to his eventual consignment to serve in Singapore. Instigated by Chitty and the great Fitzroy wingman Wilfred ‘Chicken’ Smallhorn, the Changi Australian Football League and its titular ‘Brownlow’ were formed to bolster morale amongst prisoners. Throughout the novel, reference is made to Chitty’s brothers serving elsewhere and to other significant events of the day, firmly establishing the reader at the centre of the war-time misery and maelstrom. ‘ .. .this novel is as much a biography of Peter Chitty as it is a supplement to other works devoted to Changi Prison ... ThE changi Brownlow // Roland Perry // Book cluB reads Top