'Around the country, bronze soldiers in slouch hats stand silently at attention. It is the Anzacs' remarkable writing that reveals the lives behind the national legend.
In the Trenches is a collection of gripping, awe-inspiring and sometimes terrifying accounts of life at the front, recorded by those who lived through the fighting.
Drawn from diaries, memoirs and letters, as well as poetry, reportage and prose, this writing reminds us that the Anzac legend is rooted in real and tragic circumstances on a heartbreakingly human scale. Belying the common perception of the laconic digger, these compelling voices convey the range of wartime experience, from the desolation and horror to the unbridled excitement and camaraderie. Through it all runs the bleak toll on young lives.
Author and journalist Mark Dapin has selected writing from those on the frontlines as well as behind the scenes, from officers and soldiers to nurses, engineers and reporters, to create a volume that will be regarded as the definitive record of the personal experiences that forged the emerging national identities of Australia and New Zealand.' (Publisher's blurb)
yWe Talked of Other Things : The Life and Letters of Arthur Wheen 1897-1971A. W. Wheen,
Woollahra:Longueville Media,2011Z18178212011selected work correspondence war literature 'Arthur Wheen was an Australian who escaped the parochialism of Sydney in the 1920s to live his life in England, after arriving on a Rhodes Scholarship. His brilliance as a writer and linguist was recognised by the wide acclaim that followed his 1929 translation from German of the classic, All Quiet on the Western Front. The book's author, Erich Maria Remarque credited Wheen with a sensitive artistry [that] turned the translation into an original. These qualities, together with wit and eloquence, also characterised the many letters treasured by his family and friends.
'As a young soldier in the AIF during World War I, Wheen was admired for his compassion and his unusual courage on the battlefield and was honoured for conspicuous gallantry. After the war, his interest in literature and the arts drew him into a circle of avant-garde writers, critics and artists, including T. S. Eliot, Herbert Read and David Jones. As Keeper of the Library at the Victoria and Albert Museum for more than twenty years, he used his knowledge of history and languages to broaden and enhance the museum's collection of publications on aesthetics and the philosophy of art.
'This is the story, told through letters, of one man's war and his slow struggle out of the trenches towards peace - a peace soon shattered by personal loss and Hitler's advance. It is also the story also of a special relationship between father and daughter.' (From the publisher's website.)