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Eileen Chanin wins Literary Award

Posted on 07/11/2014

Dr Eileen Chanin, Menzies Centre for Australian Studies at King’s College London, has been honoured by the Royal Marines Historical Society with the 2014 Literary Award for her book ‘Limbang Rebellion, 7 Days in December 1962’. 

Inspired by the bravery, devotion to duty and loyalty of the 42 Royal Marine commandos in Limbang who famously rescued a number of hostages held by insurgents, ‘Limbang Rebellion, 7 Days in December 1962’ seeks to reflect the experiences of those involved. The book focuses on the human stories that took place amid wider international events, drawn from diaries, letters, official reports and personal recollections. 

Described by Dr Chanin as ‘arguably the most celebrated commando operation at company level since the Second World War’, the Marines’ assault into unfamiliar jungle, with minimal intelligence and equipment, galvanised resistance to the North Kalimantan National Army's intentions to prevent the formation of Malaysia. 

Based in Sydney, historian Dr Chanin is a graduate of the Universities of Sydney and New South Wales, where she studied her doctorate. She has previously won the New South Wales Premier’s Literary Awards’ Australian History Prize and been shortlisted for the Australian Historical Association Magarey Medal for Biography. In 2015, King’s will welcome Dr Chanin as a Menzies Fellow of the Menzies Centre for Australian Studies where she will collaborate with Professor Carl Bridge on a biography of Australia House in London to mark its centenary in 2018.

The Literary Award, which has been presented to a different writer annually since 1972, recognises those who have produced works promoting an interest in the history of the Royal Marines. Previous winners include marine Mark Omrod, author of ‘Man Down’ and W E Davey for ‘Colour Sergeants of RMA’.

Commenting on receiving the prize, Dr Chanin said: ‘It is an honour to receive the Royal Marines Historical Society Literary Award, especially this year because 2014 marks the 350th anniversary of the formation of the Royal Marines.’  

For more information on the Royal Marines Historical Society, visit their webpage

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