This dramatic political novel features a cast of rogues, opportunists and idealists set against a background of corruption, strikes and union bashing in Queensland. This was in the 1920s and Jack O’Leary — socialist, railway worker and fiery unionist — befriends Fred Paterson, a young lawyer who has joined the newly-formed Communist Party of Australia.
The tensions of the novel revolve around the conflict between the ALP’s socialist agenda and the newly-formed Communist party, as well as the political aspirations of its leading characters.
Dale Jacobson wrote this book after months of detailed research into the grandfather she never knew. She says her novel is intended for those interested in Australian political and working-class history. Whilst the manuscript takes the form of an historical novel, it is thoroughly researched and factually correct and could reliably be used as a reference source.
“This is not meant to be a definitive history of the Labor Party,” says Dale, “nor the Australian Railways Union. It is a story of the personal cost to a man who lived by his principles.”
Maleny- based Dale is an award-winning freelance writer., she is also a contract researcher and writer for Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service and editor of The Queensland Journal of Labour History.
Hinterland author, Steven Lang will launch Dale Jacobsen’s new novel, Union Jack at Maleny’s Rosetta Books on Friday August 26 at 5.30pm for 6pm. $10 incl. drinks & nibbles. Bookings essential Tel: 54352134 or email: [email protected]