For those with an interest in Australian Military History, this book not only draws one’s interest to the life in the trenches of WW1 and to their sons in WW2 that occurred twenty years later but also ‘larrikinism’ of the Aussie digger abroad during these periods in history.
This book held my interest for its full length with just the right amount of all the emotions depicted. The ups and downs of the men both when serving and on their return to Australia.
A well researched and written book which does not disguise the author’s interest in the Soldier Settlers of Australia and Commonwealth countries. Definitely a good read.
by G. & F. Threlfall
Garry Willmott has a unique style of story-telling. Many novelists construct a story which happens to take place in a particular period of history; Willmott, on the other hand, describes the history in detail and embeds his tale within it.
Most of us view history as some kind of solid object full of events, dates, places and famous people. But just as real solids are illusory, to the extent that the interstitial space is far larger than any 'solid' components, so too is history unless the enormous gaps can be peopled by the many minor characters who play their part. Willmott chooses largely fictional characters to immerse within their historical context, so we characterise his books as “novels'” though one comes away with the feeling that they are “interstitial” novels, designed as much to inform us of historical events as to entertain.