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'"This is rare, soldier. She sees death . . . but to you, it will come four times."

In a small town in outback Australia, railwayman George Bingham toils while dreaming of far-off shores and adventure. When the call goes out for Great War volunteers, he drops his worn mattock, leaves his socialite love and jumps on the first ship to stricken Europe.

As his war runs from Gallipoli to the Somme, larrikin George becomes "Sunflower". And as foretold in a prophecy by a Bedouin woman in the back streets of Cairo, he endures squalid trenches and immeasurable heartbreak. One by one his mates fall, until George stands alone. Striving to reclaim his humanity, he lands in the arms of a French nurse who heals his wounds and teaches him to dream again.

Based on the experiences of one of Australia's longest serving Anzacs, Sunflower tells of the redemptive power of hope and optimism in the hideousness of battle.' (From the publisher's website.)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Carlton, Parkville - Carlton area, Melbourne - North, Melbourne, Victoria,: Victory Books , 2010 .
      Extent: 304p.
      Description: ill., facsims., maps, ports.
      ISBN: 9780522857627 (pbk.)

Works about this Work

A Transnational Gallipoli? Roger Hillman , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Humanities Review , November no. 51 2011;
'Roger Hillman's essay adds a transnational dimension to representations of an historical event that has become the preeminent site of national memorialisation. In A Transnational Gallipoli?, Hillman contrasts the masculinist heroics and celebratory nationalism of Peter Weir's iconic film, Gallipoli, and Roger McDonald's 1915, with more recent novels and films produced outside Australia's borders that provide alternative forms of cultural memory. Louis de Bernières' Birds Without Wings and Tolga Örnek's documentary film Gallipoli: The Front Line Experience are significant as texts that 'situate the Gallipoli legend in a transnational rather than a national framework, while providing a fuller understanding of how cultural memory works in relation to the national imaginary'.' (Source: Editor's introduction)
[Review] Sunflower : A Tale of Love, War and Intrigue Anastasia Gonis , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: Bookseller + Publisher Magazine , May/June vol. 89 no. 8 2010; (p. 38)

— Review of Sunflower : A Tale of Love, War and Intrigue Colin McLaren , 2010 single work novel
No Smoking Gun Adrian Mitchell , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , May no. 321 2010; (p. 31)

— Review of Sunflower : A Tale of Love, War and Intrigue Colin McLaren , 2010 single work novel
Life of Danger Runs in the Family Bron Sibree , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 8-9 May 2010; (p. 23)

— Review of Sunflower : A Tale of Love, War and Intrigue Colin McLaren , 2010 single work novel
Untitled Samela Harris , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 24 April 2010; (p. 26)

— Review of Sunflower : A Tale of Love, War and Intrigue Colin McLaren , 2010 single work novel
Untitled Samela Harris , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 24 April 2010; (p. 26)

— Review of Sunflower : A Tale of Love, War and Intrigue Colin McLaren , 2010 single work novel
Life of Danger Runs in the Family Bron Sibree , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 8-9 May 2010; (p. 23)

— Review of Sunflower : A Tale of Love, War and Intrigue Colin McLaren , 2010 single work novel
No Smoking Gun Adrian Mitchell , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , May no. 321 2010; (p. 31)

— Review of Sunflower : A Tale of Love, War and Intrigue Colin McLaren , 2010 single work novel
[Review] Sunflower : A Tale of Love, War and Intrigue Anastasia Gonis , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: Bookseller + Publisher Magazine , May/June vol. 89 no. 8 2010; (p. 38)

— Review of Sunflower : A Tale of Love, War and Intrigue Colin McLaren , 2010 single work novel
A Transnational Gallipoli? Roger Hillman , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Humanities Review , November no. 51 2011;
'Roger Hillman's essay adds a transnational dimension to representations of an historical event that has become the preeminent site of national memorialisation. In A Transnational Gallipoli?, Hillman contrasts the masculinist heroics and celebratory nationalism of Peter Weir's iconic film, Gallipoli, and Roger McDonald's 1915, with more recent novels and films produced outside Australia's borders that provide alternative forms of cultural memory. Louis de Bernières' Birds Without Wings and Tolga Örnek's documentary film Gallipoli: The Front Line Experience are significant as texts that 'situate the Gallipoli legend in a transnational rather than a national framework, while providing a fuller understanding of how cultural memory works in relation to the national imaginary'.' (Source: Editor's introduction)
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