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Issue Details: First known date: 1986... 1986 Ion Idriess's Greatest Stories : Of Miners and Soldiers
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* Contents derived from the Sydney, New South Wales,:Angus and Robertson , 1986 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
Ion Idriess's Greatest Stories : Introduction, Beverley Eley , single work biography (p. vii-xiv)
Events in the Life of Ion Idriess, Beverley Eley , single work biography (p. xv-xxiii)
The Silver City, Ion L. Idriess , single work autobiography (p. 1-192)
Lightning Ridge : The Land of Black Opals, Ion L. Idriess , single work autobiography (p. 195-352)
The Desert Column : Leaves from the Diary of an Australian Trooper in Gallipoli, Sinai and Palestine, Ion L. Idriess , single work autobiography diary correspondence war literature

'One hundred years after the charge of the 4th Light Horse Brigade at Beersheba in October 1917...The Desert Column is based on the diaries that he kept through out the war. Published in 1932, it is one of Idriess' earliest works. Harry Chauvel noted in the foreword that it was the only book of the campaign that to his knowledge was "viewed entirely from the private soldier's point of view"...Idriess served as a sniper with the 5th Australian Light Horse. Enlisting in 1914, he began his diary "as we crowded the decks off Gallipoli" and he continued writing until returning to Australia...The diaries cover his experience of some of the war's major events from life in the trenches at Gallipoli to the battles at Romani and Beersheba. One of Idriess' strengths as a writer is his ability to place the reader at the scene of the action...The diaries reveal a keenness of observation and a descriptive and pacey style that Idriess would develop further in The Desert Column.' (Synopsis)

(p. 355-614)

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