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Issue Details: First known date: 2011... 2011 Crack Hardy : From Gallipoli to Flanders to the Somme, the True Story of Three Australian Brothers at War
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'This is the true story of three Australian soldiers, the Searle brothers. One brother was killed at Gallipoli, another on the Western Front. One came home a decorated hero.

'Viv, a gifted poet who was planning to be a clergyman before the war, became a deadly efficient sniper. Ray shot himself and was charged with desertion. Ned was a true Australian larrikin, up for anything, and the black sheep of the family.

'The Searle boys had to crack hardy, as they fought in one grueling campaign after another - from the first wave of the Gallipoli landings to Lone Pine, from Ypres to Messines and Hill 60 in Flanders, to bloody Somme battles at Mouquet Farm, Bullecourt, and Hamel, with their brothers and mates falling all around them.

'Back home in an Australian country town, their mother, father, sisters and remaining brother also had to crack hardy, as the bad news from the front just kept coming, and coming.

'Told from the heart by the Searle brothers' great-nephew, award-winning author Stephen Dando-Collins using the letters and journals of the Searle brothers and remembrances of other family members, Crack Hardy is a compelling book that defines Australia and Australians during the making of our nation on the far-flung battlefields of the First World War.' (From the publisher's website.)

Notes

  • Epigraph: 'E's laughed, an' told me stories uv the war./ Changed some, 'e looked, but still the same ole Mick,/ Keener an' cleaner than 'e wus before./ E's took me' and , an' said 'e's in great nick./ Sich wus the dreamin's uv a fool 'oo tried/ To jist crack 'ardy, an' 'old gloom aside.' C. J. Dennis, The Moods of Ginger Mick, 1916

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 , 2011 .
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      Extent: xvii, 363p., [8]p. of platesp.
      Description: illus., 2 maps, ports
      Note/s:
      • Includes bibliography.
      ISBN: 9781864710243 (pbk.)

Works about this Work

Non-Fiction Steven Carroll , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: The Saturday Age , 28 May 2011; (p. 28)

— Review of Crack Hardy : From Gallipoli to Flanders to the Somme, the True Story of Three Australian Brothers at War Stephen Dando-Collins , 2011 single work biography
Review : Non-Fiction Martin Crotty , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 23 - 24 April 2011; (p. 24)

— Review of Crack Hardy : From Gallipoli to Flanders to the Somme, the True Story of Three Australian Brothers at War Stephen Dando-Collins , 2011 single work biography
New Salute to Diggers Fiona Purdon , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 23 - 24 April 2011; (p. 20-21)
'With Anzac Day on Monday, a new crop of books about the Great War has been written by authors and enthusiasts.' Fiona Purdon.
Silent Shell Stephen Mansfield , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , May no. 331 2011; (p. 61)

— Review of Crack Hardy : From Gallipoli to Flanders to the Somme, the True Story of Three Australian Brothers at War Stephen Dando-Collins , 2011 single work biography
Horror of Life in the Trenches Ross Fitzgerald , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 22-24 April 2011; (p. 31)

— Review of Crack Hardy : From Gallipoli to Flanders to the Somme, the True Story of Three Australian Brothers at War Stephen Dando-Collins , 2011 single work biography
Cracking Hardy in Dire Straits Mark Thomas , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 23 April 2011; (p. 21)

— Review of Crack Hardy : From Gallipoli to Flanders to the Somme, the True Story of Three Australian Brothers at War Stephen Dando-Collins , 2011 single work biography
Horror of Life in the Trenches Ross Fitzgerald , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 22-24 April 2011; (p. 31)

— Review of Crack Hardy : From Gallipoli to Flanders to the Somme, the True Story of Three Australian Brothers at War Stephen Dando-Collins , 2011 single work biography
Silent Shell Stephen Mansfield , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , May no. 331 2011; (p. 61)

— Review of Crack Hardy : From Gallipoli to Flanders to the Somme, the True Story of Three Australian Brothers at War Stephen Dando-Collins , 2011 single work biography
Review : Non-Fiction Martin Crotty , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 23 - 24 April 2011; (p. 24)

— Review of Crack Hardy : From Gallipoli to Flanders to the Somme, the True Story of Three Australian Brothers at War Stephen Dando-Collins , 2011 single work biography
Non-Fiction Steven Carroll , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: The Saturday Age , 28 May 2011; (p. 28)

— Review of Crack Hardy : From Gallipoli to Flanders to the Somme, the True Story of Three Australian Brothers at War Stephen Dando-Collins , 2011 single work biography
New Salute to Diggers Fiona Purdon , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 23 - 24 April 2011; (p. 20-21)
'With Anzac Day on Monday, a new crop of books about the Great War has been written by authors and enthusiasts.' Fiona Purdon.
Last amended 9 Mar 2018 13:26:58
Subjects:
  • Gallipoli,
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    Turkey,
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    Middle East, Asia,
  • Belgium, Western Europe, Europe,
  • c
    France,
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    Western Europe, Europe,
  • 1910s
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