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y The Daughters of Mars single work   novel   historical fiction  
Issue Details: First known date: 2012 2012
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'In 1915 sisters Naomi and Sally Durance answer a call for nurses to join the war effort. They are escaping the family dairy farm in the Macleay Valley, and they carry a secret with them. Soon they are in Egypt, where they are put to work on the Red Cross hospital ship Archimedes as it patrols the Dardanelles. On Archimedes they witness Mars in all his ferocity, as he pummels soldiers in the massive, brutal metal brawl that is Gallipoli. Yet the sisters and their newfound nursing friends, with whom they will witness undreamt-of carnage and take care of unspeakably blighted men, find themselves courageous in the face of the horror.

'Naomi, Sally and their gang are then sent to northern Europe, where Naomi nurses in the visionary Australian Voluntary Hospital run by the committed and eccentric Lady Tarlton, and Sally in a casualty clearing station next to the Western Front. Here, again, they must face the inhumanity of war in its many terrible guises - where trench warfare and gas abound. But it is here, too, that the sisters meet the remarkable men with whom they wish to spend the rest of their lives.

'Inspired by journals of Australian nursing sisters who gave their all to the Great War effort and the men they nursed, The Daughters Of Mars is vast in scope yet extraordinarily intimate. This is Keneally at the height of his storytelling powers; a stunning tour de force to join the best of First World War literature, and one that casts a fresh light on the challenges faced by the Australian men and women who voluntarily risked their lives for peace.' (From the publisher's website.)

Notes

  • Dedication:
    To the two nurses,
    Judith and Jane
  • Other formats: Also sound recording, large print.
  • This title was selected in the December 2013 Library Journal Top 5 : Best Books - Historical Fiction

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • North Sydney, North Sydney - Lane Cove area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: Vintage Books , 2012 .
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      Extent: 592p.
      Note/s:
      • Publication date: 1 June 2012.
      ISBN: 9781864712254 (pbk.)
    • New York (State),
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      Americas,
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      Atria Books , 2013 .
      Extent: 517p.
      Description: map
      ISBN: 9781476734613 (hbk), 1476734615 (hbk), 9781476734637 (ebook), 1476734631 (ebook)
    • North Sydney, North Sydney - Lane Cove area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: Vintage Australia , 2013 .
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      Cover image courtesy of publisher.
      Extent: 592p.
      Note/s:
      • Published 3 June 2013
      ISBN: 9781864712261

Works about this Work

History Writ Large Jane Sullivan , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Saturday Age , 23 March 2013; (p. 34)
A Year of Experimentation: Australian Fiction Moving On Nigel Krauth , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: Westerly , June vol. 58 no. 1 2013; (p. 92-108)
[Untitled] Peter McDonald , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: The Times Literary Supplement , 14 June no. 5750 2013; (p. 30-31)

— Review of The Daughters of Mars Thomas Keneally 2012 single work novel
Witness to War Alan Riding , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: The New York Times Book Review , 18 August 2013; (p. BR15)

— Review of The Daughters of Mars Thomas Keneally 2012 single work novel
Review : The Daughters of Mars Richard Scott Carr , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: Antipodes , December vol. 27 no. 2 2013; (p. 220-221)

— Review of The Daughters of Mars Thomas Keneally 2012 single work novel
Sisters in War Peter Pierce , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 2 June 2012; (p. 19)

— Review of The Daughters of Mars Thomas Keneally 2012 single work novel
Where Angels Fear to Tread A. P. Riemer , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 2-3 June 2012; (p. 37)

— Review of The Daughters of Mars Thomas Keneally 2012 single work novel
Endurance Phil Brown , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , June no. 342 2012; (p. 22)

— Review of The Daughters of Mars Thomas Keneally 2012 single work novel
Books Phil Brown , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: Brisbane News , 6 - 12 June no. 885 2012; (p. 26)

— Review of The Daughters of Mars Thomas Keneally 2012 single work novel ; My Hundred Lovers Susan Johnson 2012 single work novel
Untitled Julie Thomson , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 9 June 2012; (p. 22)

— Review of The Daughters of Mars Thomas Keneally 2012 single work novel
Sisters Offer a Fresh Focus on a Brutal War Ashley Hay , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 16-17 June 2012; (p. 27)

— Review of The Daughters of Mars Thomas Keneally 2012 single work novel
History's Master Simon Caterson , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Saturday Age , 23 June 2012; (p. 29)

— Review of The Daughters of Mars Thomas Keneally 2012 single work novel
Sisters of Mercy Face Horrors of War Eleanor Limprecht , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Sun-Herald , 1 July 2012; (p. 15) The Sunday Age , 1 July 2012; (p. 14)

— Review of The Daughters of Mars Thomas Keneally 2012 single work novel
Well Read Patrick Allington , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 26 May 2012; (p. 20)

— Review of The Daughters of Mars Thomas Keneally 2012 single work novel
A Kind of Biography Richard Johnstone , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: Inside Story , October-November no. 12 2012; (p. 18-19)

— Review of Farewell, Dear People : Biographies of Australia's Lost Generation Ross McMullin 2012 selected work biography ; The Daughters of Mars Thomas Keneally 2012 single work novel
Sisters in War Peter Pierce , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 2 June 2012; (p. 19)

— Review of The Daughters of Mars Thomas Keneally 2012 single work novel
Where Angels Fear to Tread A. P. Riemer , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 2-3 June 2012; (p. 37)

— Review of The Daughters of Mars Thomas Keneally 2012 single work novel
Endurance Phil Brown , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , June no. 342 2012; (p. 22)

— Review of The Daughters of Mars Thomas Keneally 2012 single work novel
Books Phil Brown , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: Brisbane News , 6 - 12 June no. 885 2012; (p. 26)

— Review of The Daughters of Mars Thomas Keneally 2012 single work novel ; My Hundred Lovers Susan Johnson 2012 single work novel
Untitled Julie Thomson , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 9 June 2012; (p. 22)

— Review of The Daughters of Mars Thomas Keneally 2012 single work novel
Sisters Offer a Fresh Focus on a Brutal War Ashley Hay , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 16-17 June 2012; (p. 27)

— Review of The Daughters of Mars Thomas Keneally 2012 single work novel
History's Master Simon Caterson , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Saturday Age , 23 June 2012; (p. 29)

— Review of The Daughters of Mars Thomas Keneally 2012 single work novel
Sisters of Mercy Face Horrors of War Eleanor Limprecht , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Sun-Herald , 1 July 2012; (p. 15) The Sunday Age , 1 July 2012; (p. 14)

— Review of The Daughters of Mars Thomas Keneally 2012 single work novel
Well Read Patrick Allington , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 26 May 2012; (p. 20)

— Review of The Daughters of Mars Thomas Keneally 2012 single work novel
A Kind of Biography Richard Johnstone , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: Inside Story , October-November no. 12 2012; (p. 18-19)

— Review of Farewell, Dear People : Biographies of Australia's Lost Generation Ross McMullin 2012 selected work biography ; The Daughters of Mars Thomas Keneally 2012 single work novel
[Untitled] Peter McDonald , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: The Times Literary Supplement , 14 June no. 5750 2013; (p. 30-31)

— Review of The Daughters of Mars Thomas Keneally 2012 single work novel
Witness to War Alan Riding , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: The New York Times Book Review , 18 August 2013; (p. BR15)

— Review of The Daughters of Mars Thomas Keneally 2012 single work novel
Review : The Daughters of Mars Richard Scott Carr , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: Antipodes , December vol. 27 no. 2 2013; (p. 220-221)

— Review of The Daughters of Mars Thomas Keneally 2012 single work novel
History Writ Large Jane Sullivan , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Saturday Age , 23 March 2013; (p. 34)
A Year of Experimentation: Australian Fiction Moving On Nigel Krauth , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: Westerly , June vol. 58 no. 1 2013; (p. 92-108)
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