Accessibility Tools

  • Content scaling 100%
  • Font size 100%
  • Line height 100%
  • Letter spacing 100%

Perpetual elegy

Bill Gammage’s enduring memorial
by
May 2010, no. 321

The Broken Years: Australian soldiers in the Great War by Bill Gammage

Melbourne University Publishing, $49.95 pb, 325 pp

Perpetual elegy

Bill Gammage’s enduring memorial
by
May 2010, no. 321

It is thirty-six years since the Australian National University Press published Bill Gammage’s The Broken Years; thirty-five since the unassuming Penguin paperback that became both a loved and critically acclaimed bestseller. Now Melbourne University Publishing has produced a deluxe, large-format, sombrely and evocatively illustrated edition. On the front cover is a Frank Hurley photograph of Australian troops crossing on duckboards a flooded field near the Menin Road in late October 1917. In the background stand stripped, gaunt, sentinel trees. Flip to the back cover and the image is of ‘A Young South Australian Patriot in 1916’. A cherub in uniform, he holds a toy rifle, in earnest for a conflict that, blessedly, will end before it is his turn to go.

Peter Pierce reviews 'The Broken Years: Australian soldiers in the Great War' by Bill Gammage

The Broken Years: Australian soldiers in the Great War

by Bill Gammage

Melbourne University Publishing, $49.95 pb, 325 pp

From the New Issue

You May Also Like

Leave a comment

If you are an ABR subscriber, you will need to sign in to post a comment.

If you have forgotten your sign in details, or if you receive an error message when trying to submit your comment, please email your comment (and the name of the article to which it relates) to ABR Comments. We will review your comment and, subject to approval, we will post it under your name.

Please note that all comments must be approved by ABR and comply with our Terms & Conditions.