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The Luck of The


The Story of Allen May, Forward Scout, Battle of Long Tan, 18th August 1966


Luck is a clear theme throughout Allen May's Life: the lottery of being called up for National Service, surviving the Battle of Long Tan, a wealth of lucky escapes, as well as fortunate wins.

Infused with larrikin escapades and an abundance of 'near-misses', the Luck of The Draw is a pacey warts-and-all story which makes for a compelling read. 

"The Luck of the Draw is a life of raw honesty. It is a story of hardship, humour, sacrifice, love and survival. In Allen’s life is the idealism and heroism of the everyday Australian. I am glad he has told it. We are all the better for him, his life and this book."

                        - Dr Brendan Nelson

                     Australian War Memorial 

                          Director 2012-2019 



"I devoured this book in one day - it is funny, challenging, sad, heartwarming and so much more. The characters are complex and the many twists and turns had me devouring each deliciously short chapter. Karen has excelled in telling Allen's story."

                     - Lawrie Hallinan

"Congratulations on making Allen May's story available... the poignancy of the life of an ordinary man contending with, at times, unbearable circumstances, yet surviving and finding some peace with himself."

                        - Cheryl Emtage

"An engaging and very real read. An excellent mixture of humour and reflection."

                         - Helen Dickson

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