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Jo Scanlan

Jo Scanlan

Jo Scanlan reviews 'Kitty's War: The remarkable wartime experiences of Kit McNaughton' by Janet Butler

November 2013, no. 356 31 October 2013
Janet Butler sets up the story of Australian World War I army nurse Catherine (Kit) McNaughton with a strong and vivid opening chapter. At a hospital base in the north of France, Kit sits in her freezing hut scribbling in her diary, her mind far away with her audience back home. She is about to go on duty. A short time later when she lifts the canvas flap of the hospital tent, she enters another w ... (read more)

Jo Scanlan reviews 'The Boy Colonel: Lieutenant Colonel Douglas Marks, the Youngest Battalion Commander in the AIF' by Will Davies

October 2013, no. 355 30 September 2013
So many Australian scholars and writers stand tall alongside C.E.W. Bean that you have to wonder: is there much more that can be said about World War I? Well, no. And yes. Almost one hundred years on, writers such as battlefield historian Will Davies continue to seek illumination through unfamiliar characters and fresh angles. Such is his intention in his latest book, The Boy Colonel. ... (read more)