'Fictionalised account of part of the Kokoda Trail battles between Australian and Japanese troops in 1942.
Set during the Second World War, The Climate of Courage involves a group of Australian soldiers who have returned from service in the Middle East. The novel is broken up into two parts and follows the soldiers from their leave in Sydney, where they engage in various romances and witness the famous submarine attack on Sydney, to their taking part in a patrol during the New Guinea Campaign.
'The book is partly based on Jon Cleary’s own experiences of the war.' (Publication summary)