Pompey Elliott

Author: Ross McMullin
Publisher: Scribe Publications
ISBN: 9781921942730
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Pompey Elliott was a remarkable Australian. During the Great War he was a charismatic, controversial, and outstandingly successful military leader. An accomplished tactician and ‘the bravest of the brave’, he was renowned for never sending anyone anywhere he was not prepared to go himself. As a result, no Australian general was more revered by those he led or more famous outside his own command. A man of unimpeachable integrity and unwavering commitment, he was also forthright and volatile. His tempestuousness generated a host of anecdotes that amused his men and disconcerted his superiors. Yet surprisingly little had been written about Elliott until the original edition of this book appeared in 2002. Now in a new format and with a foreword by Les Carlyon, this comprehensive, deeply researched biography tells Elliott’s fascinating story. It vividly examines Elliott’s origins and youth, his peacetime careers as a lawyer and politician, and his achievements — as well as the controversies he aroused during his years as a soldier. Ross McMullin’s masterly work retrieves a significant Australian from undeserved obscurity. It also judiciously reassesses notable battles he influenced — including the Gallipoli Landing, Lone Pine, Fromelles, Polygon Wood, and Villers-Brettoneux — and illuminates numerous aspects of Australia’s experiences during his lifetime, particularly the often-overlooked period of the aftermath to the Great War.

Pompey Elliott At War

Author: Ross McMullin
Publisher: Scribe Publications
ISBN: 1925548619
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Hundreds of Australian first-person narratives of World War I have been published, but none more riveting than this one. The wartime letters and diaries of Pompey Elliott, Australia’s most famous fighting general, are exceptionally forthright. They are also remarkably illuminating about his volatile emotions. Pompey not only wrote frankly about what happened to him and the men he was commanding; he was also frank about what he felt about both. Having arranged a no-secrets pact with his wife for their correspondence before he left Australia in 1914, he adhered to that agreement throughout the conflict. Moreover, Pompey expressed himself with vivid candour in his diaries and other correspondence. He wrote rapidly and fluently, with fertile imagery, a flair for simile, and an engaging turn of phrase. His extraordinary letters to his young children turned even the Western Front into a bedtime story. Pompey was prominent in iconic battles and numerous controversies. He was wounded at the Gallipoli landing, and four of his men were awarded the Victoria Cross for conspicuous bravery at Lone Pine. No one was more instrumental than Pompey in turning looming defeat into stunning victory at both Polygon Wood and Villers–Bretonneux. No Australian general was more revered by those he led or more famous outside his own command. Ross McMullin, the author of the award-winning and best-selling biography Pompey Elliott, has collected Pompey’s words from a variety of sources and shaped them into a compelling narrative. This book will transform our awareness of Pompey's importance in the dramatic final year of World War I.

Pompey Elliott S Left Hand Man

Author: Kristin Schneider
Publisher:
ISBN: 9780994257901
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Pompey Elliott's Left Hand ManBiography of Lieutenant Colonel Charles Denehyby Kristin Schneider The commander of the 15th Brigade, Pompey Elliott wrote to his wife Katie. 'Tell Mrs Layh that Bert is just the picture of health and happiness, and is just my right hand man now that Cam Stewart is a General himself, and Chas Denehy is my left hand man, and a mighty good one too.' What makes a 'Left Hand Man? In Denehy's case he became a larger version of the person he had been. He started life a Catholic and a school teacher, the opposite of many of the officers around him who were often public-school educated, and in professional fields, mostly Freemasons. He grew into a man who would meticulously follow orders and lead his battalion through many battles. Denehy was trained by Elliott. Like Elliott he was not afraid to go forward with his men. He brought his aptitude for discipline learnt as a teacher to the orderly running of his battalion. His war diaries were always written, the troops fed with hot food, and care taken of the men's comfort. In the course of the three years of fighting on the Western Front, there were times when the leadership of battalions was at a low ebb. Denehy was the man sent in to take over these battalions, the first being the 58th, two hours before the Battle of Fromelles. Later he was given the 57th Battalion, describing in his own words Elliott's request, 'He stated that he took his own old battalion, the 7th, as the standard. The 59th he considered approximated most nearly to his old battalion, but he had no hesitation in saying that the 58th had excelled it. He then asked me if I could, without breaking my heart, take over the 57th and make it as good as the 58th.' Denehy worked for the 57th until 1926. After that he joined the 'unattached list' and was a member of the Volunteer Defence Corps during World War 2.

Pilgrimage

Author: Garrie Hutchinson
Publisher: Black Inc.
ISBN: 9781863953870
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There has never been a book like Pilgrimage before. Journeying through time and place, author Garrie Hutchinson visits the battlefields where Australians have fought and reveals their past and present. We hear the voices of those who fought in World War I, World War II, Vietnam, Korea and East Timor and the stories of the key Australian battles. We travel to Australia's special places - including Anzac Cove, Tobruk, the Kokoda Track, the Thai-Burma Railway, Long Tan and Maryang San. Pilgrimage is unique in being a comprehensive and up-to-date travel companion, complete with maps, illustrations and invaluable tips for visitors. Lavishly illustrated with photos from Europe and North Africa, the Middle East and South-East Asia, it also introduces the cemeteries, museums and memorials that commemorate each conflict. Ideal for armchair travellers and lovers of history, Pilgrimage invites readers on a voyage of discovery.

Griffith Review 48

Author: Julianne Schultz
Publisher: Text Publishing
ISBN: 1922212210
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In the year that marks the centenary of the battle at Gallipoli and the seventieth anniversary of the end of World War II, Griffith Review 48: Enduring Legacies switches the focus from the battles to the long shadow of the great wars of the twentieth century. In Enduring Legacies, eminent Australian and New Zealand historians challenge myths and reveal forgotten truths about the consequences of these wars, and popular writers flesh out the lingering human and social impact of conflict. Contributors include John Clarke, Clare Wright, Peter Stanley, Greg Lockhardt, Cory Taylor, Paul Ham, Meredith McKinney, Jenny Hocking, Frank Bongiorno and Gerhard Fischer. Professor Julianne Schultz AM FAHA is the founding editor of Griffith Review, the award-winning literary and public affairs quarterly, produced by Griffith University and Text Publishing. She chairs the Australian Film Television and Radio School, is a member of Australia Council for the Arts Pool of Peers, and was until recently a non-executive director of the boards of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and Grattan Institute. Dr Peter Cochrane FAHA has written extensively about war. His books include the companion volume to the ABC series Australians at War, First World War - The Western Front 1916-1918 and Simpson and the Donkey: The Making of a Legend. He is also the author of the award-winning Colonial Ambition and the novella Governor Bligh and the Short Man. ‘There is much wise and thoughtful writing in this issue, and editors Julianne Schultz and Peter Cochrane deserve congratulations for sourcing diverse perspectives and original thinking about so many different aspects of military history.’ ANZ LitLovers ‘The best literary journal in Australia.’ Sydney Morning Herald ‘As engaging as it is prescient.’ Weekend Australian ‘Fresh and intelligent.’ Australian Book Review

Snooze

Author: Michael McGirr
Publisher: Text Publishing
ISBN: 192541082X
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From bestselling author Michael McGirr comes Snooze, a revised edition of the entertaining and enlightening The Lost Art of Sleep (2009). Michael always had trouble sleeping, but the arrival of twins made him realise he’d never known true exhaustion. While he celebrated these small children who brought him so much joy, he also found himself desperately searching for a few extra winks a night. In Snooze, McGirr delves into the mysterious world of sleep: its many benefits, its stubborn elusiveness and what our brains get up to while we’re in bed. He takes readers on a tour through the odd sleep patterns of some of history’s greatest figures, including Plato and Homer, Shakespeare and Dickens, Florence Nightingale (who slept a great deal) and Thomas Edison (who hardly slept at all). He looks at the demise of sleep in our ever more fragmented world, and what that means for everyone from average sleepers to those with serious sleep disorders. And he describes his own family’s quest to master the ancient art of getting a decent kip. A profound and humorous exploration of the precious resource of sleep—and the causes and consequences of getting too little of it—Snooze is the perfect book for sleepless nights. In the history of human civilisation, sleep is the unrivalled hero. It is the wellspring of creativity. It is the space in which so much happens, mainly because, while we are asleep, we can’t squeeze any extra appointments or make any extra phone calls or look at one more thing on the internet. In sleep we are most ourselves because we have to surrender our egos. Michael McGirr is the bestselling author of Things You Get for Free and Bypass: The Story of a Road, a popular Year 12 English text in Victoria. He has reviewed more than nine hundred books for the Age, Sydney Morning Herald and Canberra Times; his short fiction has appeared in numerous publications in Australia and overseas; and he has been the publisher of Eureka Street and fiction editor of Meanjin. He currently teaches literature and philosophy at St Kevin’s College in Melbourne. Michael’s expertise in the area of sleep derives not only from having several sleep disorders but also from having three children. ‘Although this book is about insomnia and sleep, it will not send the reader off to sleep... It is a happy book. It is a compendium of anecdotes about living with small, sleepless children and of moving house.’ ArtsHub ‘A former priest examines the way shut-eye—or lack there of it—affects us on and off the pillow. If you’re among the flock who count sheep most nights, these pages reassure.’ O, The Oprah Magazine ‘McGirr is a good writer who is able to share information in an entertaining way...His anecdotes will make you out laugh out loud. If you haven’t read any books by him before, seek them out.’ Good Reading 'McGirr is an inspired synthesiser, serious in intent even while riotous in execution. You could call The Lost Art of Sleep volume three of a complex autobiography (with Things You Get for Free and Bypass). But if the central character embodies the quandaries, the delight of the writing lies in the world around him.’ Morag Fraser, Eureka Street ‘Amid the stories of famous sleepers and famous insomniacs, McGirr has interspersed personal tales, where he captures a young household very much in need of sleep...A lovely readable tone, highly recommended!’ Louise Swinn, Triple R ‘An eyes-wide-open look at the penumbral world of sleep, where we spend so much of our time without quite knowing why...Lively...A good book to curl up with while pondering the mysteries of Morpheus.’Kirkus Reviews ‘With Snooze, Michael McGirr has, pardon the pun, produced a wake-up call about the fascinating yet little known history and science of sleep. A delightful read, Snooze takes on the one activity we spend the most time doing, yet still manages to surprise. It’s one bedtime read that won’t put you to sleep.’ Edward Humes, Pulitzer Prize winning author of Door to Door and Garbology: Our Dirty Love Affair with Trash ‘A delightful eye-opener. [McGirr's] loving account of life with his family gives Snooze: The Lost Art of Sleep its big heart...Its blend of memoir, science history, mythological lore and cultural commentary is a constant delight.’ Seattle Times ‘Readers have McGirr’s tossing and turning to thank for a dynamic, multifaceted book that serves as an entertaining, philosophical lullaby for the deprived.’ Shelf Awareness ‘This revised and expanded edition offers a broader base of experience to share with readers...It reads like chapters of a one-sided conversation with an amiable, liberal-minded man-of-the-world, who thinks fondly of the almost unattainable—the undisturbed night of blissful sleep.’ Otago Daily Times ‘A exploration of and reassurance for our overloaded century. McGirr’s journey through this “profound form of absence” is spirited, sympathetic and commendably non-soporific.’ NZ Listener

Victoria At War

Author: Michael McKernan
Publisher: UNSW Press
ISBN: 1742247040
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During the First World War, in Melbourne and communities throughout Victoria, schoolchildren knitted socks for the troops serving in Gallipoli, the Middle East and on the Western Front. Their families set up Red Cross branches to support the 91,000 Victorian servicemen and women overseas. Victoria at War records the achievements of the state’s soldiers, nurses and their families – including the Whitelaws from Gippsland with six sons enlisting, ‘Bert’ Jacka, the first Australian to be awarded the Victoria Cross in the First World War, and commander Sir John Monash. Bestselling military historian Michael McKernan commemorates the generosity, devotion, sacrifice and spirit of a community pushed towards breaking point through stories from the home front and battlefront.

Australia 1901 2001

Author: Andrew Tink
Publisher: NewSouth
ISBN: 1742241875
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Andrew Tink’s superb book tells the story of Australia in the twentieth century, from Federation to the Sydney 2000 Olympics. A century marked by the trauma of war and the despair of the depression, balanced by extraordinary achievements in sport, science and the arts. A country underpinned by a political system that worked most of the time and the emergence of a mainly harmonious society. Australians at the start of the century could hardly have imagined the prosperity enjoyed by their diverse countrymen and women one hundred years later. Tink’s story is driven by people, whether they be prime ministers, soldiers, shop-keepers, singers, footballers or farmers; a mix of men or women, Australian-born, immigrants and Aborigines. He brings the decades to life, writing with empathy, humour and insight to create a narrative that is as entertaining as it is illuminating.