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'A collection of the best and bravest books about the Anzacs and the First World War.'

Source: Publisher's description.


  • The series also includes the following works, which are outside AustLit's scope:

    • Goodbye to All That, Robert Graves
    • Storm of Steel, Ernst Junger
    • Generals Die in Bed, Charles Yale Harrison


y separately published work icon Australia in Arms : A Narrative of the Australasian Imperial Force and Their Achievement at Anzac Phillip F. E. Schuler , London : T. Fisher Unwin , 1916 Z1872285 1916 single work prose children's

'[A]n extraordinary and evocative account of the Australian Imperial Force and their achievements, and the first full published account of Australia's role in the Dardanelles campaign.'

Source: Publisher's blurb (Penguin edition).

Melbourne : Penguin , 2014
y separately published work icon The Anzacs Patsy Adam-Smith , West Melbourne : Nelson , 1978 Z1065868 1978 single work non-fiction

'Gallipoli was the final resting place for thousands of young Australians. Death struck so fast there was not time for escape or burial. And when Gallipoli was over there was the misery of the European Campaign. Patsy Adam-Smith read over 8000 diaries and letters to write her acclaimed best-seller about the First World War. Soldiers sought her out to tell her why they went, what they saw, and how they felt about that great holocaust. Their simple accounts are more vivid than any novel; the years have not dimmed their memories of lost comrades and the horrors of war. These are the extraordinary experiences of ordinary men - and they strike to the heart. The Anzacs remains unrivalled as the classic account of Australia's involvement in the First World War.' (Publisher's blurb)

Melbourne : Penguin , 2014
y separately published work icon The Middle Parts of Fortune : Somme and Ancre, 1916 Frederic Manning , London : Piazza Press , 1929 Z572961 1929 single work novel war literature

'The drumming of the guns continued, with bursts of great intensity. It was as though a gale streamed overhead, piling up great waves of sound, and hurrying them onwards to crash in surf on the enemy entrenchments. The windless air about them, by its very stillness, made that unearthly music more terrible to hear.

'First published anonymously in 1929 because its language was considered far too frank for public circulation, The Middle Parts of Fortune was hailed by T. S. Eliot and Ezra Pound, by Lawrence of Arabia and Ernest Hemingway, as an extraordinary novel. Its author was in fact Frederic Manning, an Australian writer who fought in the Battle of the Somme in 1916, and who told his story of men at war from the perspective of an ordinary soldier.' (Publication summary : Text Classics)

Melbourne : Penguin , 2014
y separately published work icon An Anzac's Story Roy Kyle , Bryce Courtenay (editor), Camberwell : Penguin , 2003 Z1056015 2003 single work autobiography war literature

'An Anzac's Story is an honest, poignant account of a young man's experience of war. It is much more than this, though, for Roy Kyle's story begins with his colourful, classic Australian childhood in country New South Wales and Victoria in the early years of last century.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

Melbourne : Penguin , 2014
y separately published work icon Flesh in Armour : A Novel Leonard Mann , Melbourne : Phaedrus Books , 1932 Z394283 1932 single work novel war literature

'Leonard Mann privately published his first novel, Flesh in Armour, in Melbourne in 1932, after he was unable to place it with a publisher in Australia or England. The novel was an immediate success, and Mann was subsequently awarded the Australian Literature Society's gold medal for outstanding book of the year. The book's merits then established, it was republished in England and Australia in 1944.

Drawn in part from the author's combat experience in France during World War I, Flesh in Armour is an exploration of the lives of soldiers in the Australian Imperial Force from the Ypres campaign in 1917 until just before the Armistice. The novel follows the actions and evolving attitudes of three soldiers in the same battalion—a naive and handsome raw recruit eager for combat, a schoolteacher whose intellect and anxiety have led to disillusionment, and a courageous warrior-hero who remains undaunted by battle despite being wounded.The novel bears an unmistakable Australian point of view, particularly in its wry sense of humor in spite of the dark subject matter and in its vehement disdain for British commanders.

Nearly 420,000 Australians enlisted during World War I, and more than half were killed, wounded, or captured. The conflict was the most costly in Australia's history. In the fates of his protagonists—one dies valiantly, one dies in an abject and mentally unhinged state, one survives—Mann pays tribute to the sacrifices of his countrymen and reminds readers of the unforgiving test of character found in war then and now. ' (University of South Carolina Press website sighted July 2010)

Melbourne : Penguin , 2014

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