Peter Ryan, Fear Drive My Feet
Published in 2015 as a Text Classic with an introduction by Peter Pierce, by Text Publishing.
ISBN: 9781925240054, Paperback, 336 pages. Available from Text Publishing: www.textpublishing.com.au at $12.95. Also available as an ebook.
Fear Drive My Feet is Peter Ryan’s enduring account of his time patrolling isolated regions of New Guinea during WWII. Far from his fellow Australians and with Japanese forces closing in around him, the 18 year old Ryan endured the hardships of the jungle, overcoming
loneliness, fatigue and fear with quiet courage. He finds beauty in the rugged mountain landscapes of New Guinea, and admires the charm and resourcefulness of its people.
Rarely out of print in the past four decades, Fear Drive My Feet is a classic memoir of the war in the Pacific, a major work of Australian war literature. For the work he describes in this book, Peter Ryan was awarded the Military Medal and was mentioned in dispatches.