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Because it was fought so close to his old home ground, Homer might have seen this war on the Gallipoli Peninsula as an epic. Brief by his standards, but essentially heroic. Shakespeare might have seen it as a tragedy with splendid bit-parts for buffoons and brigands and lots of graveyard scenes. Those thigh bones you occasionally see rearing out of the yellow earth of Gully ravine, snapped open so that they look like pumice, belong to a generation of young men who on this peninsula first lost their incence and then their lives, and maybe something else as well. Gallipoli remains one of the most poignant battlefronts of World War I and L.A. Carlyon's account of that campaign brings this epic tragedy to life and stands as both a landmark chapter in the history of the war and a salutary reminder of all that is fine and all that is foolish in the human condition.
L.A. Carlyon was born in northern Victoria, Australia, in 1942. He has been editor of the Melbourne Age, editor-in-chief of the Herald and Weekly Times group and a visiting lecturer in journalism in a career that has established him as one of his country's most respected journalists, receiving the Graham Perkin Australian Journalist of the Year Award in 1993. Gallipoli was researched in Australia, Britain, New Zealand and, most importantly, on the Gallipoli Peninsula itself.
Winner of Queensland Premier's Literary Awards: Best History Book 2002. Short-listed for Book Data/ABA Book of the Year Award 2001.
L. A. Carlyon
Transworld Publishers Ltd
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Bantam Books (Transworld Publishers a division of the Random House Group)