Welcome To Digger Press

Digger Press was created and established by Albany born Western Australian author Kevin Gomm in 2010. Whilst Digger Press specialises in local military history and heritage, mainly from the Second World War period, it is not limited to this genre. There are books by other local Western Australian authors who have chosen to self publish through Digger Press - (see the ‘Other Titles by Digger Press page).

Since releasing the first edition of ‘Red Sun On The Kangaroo Paw’ in 2009 and the subsequent second edition in 2010, Kevin Gomm is now the author of five books including ‘In The Shadow Of the Eagle’ and ‘Beneath Cold Waves’. In early 2012 the best selling ‘Red Sun On The Kangaroo Paw’ was re-released as a very special 70th Anniversary 1942-2012 Commemorative Edition. This current, larger, expanded and more comprehensive edition describing and documenting every single Japanese air raid and attack on Western Australia during World War II has been an ongoing success. In addition, a one hour DVD documentary narrated by the author was released in November 2012 to compliment the book (see DVD page). In 2014 Kevin released ‘Lifeboat #6 – The Sinking Of The SS Fort Lee’ – the true remarkable story of this American ship and her crew which was torpedoed and sunk in the Indian Ocean on November 2 1944 by the German U-boat U-181. Seventeen men were rescued and brought here to Albany, whilst another 16 were taken to Fremantle and a further 17 taken to Ceylon. A fourth lifeboat ‘disappeared’ and her fate and the men in it remained unknown until now. This title is available exclusively on Amazon.

Digger Press caters exclusively for self publishers. Originally it was created and set up simply with the intention to publish the books by Kevin Gomm. However since then it has quietly grown in its collection to now have two books by Northcliffe author Carole Perry. Her first being the finely penned biography ’Dr Lionel Frederick West – Northcliffe’s Only Doctor’ and later the historical ’Northcliffe – The Town That Refused To Die’. In early 2012 released was the equally fascinating ‘Memories of a Matelot’ by Sid Henry (DSC) a former lieutenant with RNVR who commanded supply and landing craft during World War II and who saw much combat and action. In 2014 local Albany maritime historian Roger Cunnington released his excellent account concerning the assembly of the two major Anzac convoys in King George Sound in 1914. In February 2015 Chris Handley self published ’Yours Truly Came Up Smiling’ through Digger Press which is the fascinating biography of Fred Johnson, who served with the AIF artillery during World War One and documents his experiences from a personal diary. In August 2015 Graham Coleman from Sydney NSW self published his autobiography dedicated to his family – a book which is for private use only and not available commercially. Lastly, in December 2015 local author Paul Pietersen released his much anticipated novel ‘Where Turtles Come Ashore’. A preview DVD of this book can be seen on Youtube.

Whilst Digger Press is small, it adheres greatly to the highest levels of integrity, quality and presentation to deliver a professional book at an affordable price. This  also extends to the commitment to continuously strive to high standards of intelligent readership and excellence.

So again welcome to Digger Press - Self Publishing for Self Publishers - where you can find more good Australian books.


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