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  • Published: 25 March 2015
  • ISBN: 9780143572428
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 432
  • RRP: $22.99

From the Trenches: The Best Anzac Writing of World War One


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From the Trenches is a collection of gripping, awe-inspiring and sometimes terrifying accounts of life at the front, recorded by those who lived through the fighting.

In the centenary of World War One, here are the Anzacs in their own words.

From the Trenches is a collection of gripping, awe-inspiring and sometimes terrifying accounts of life at the front, recorded by those who lived through the fighting.

Drawn from diaries, memoirs and letters, as well as poetry, reportage and prose, this collection reminds us that the Anzac legend is rooted in real and tragic circumstances on a heartbreakingly human scale. Belying the common perception of the laconic digger, these compelling voices convey the range of wartime experience, from the desolation and horror to the unbridled excitement and camaraderie. Through it all runs the bleak toll on young lives.

Author and journalist Mark Dapin has selected writing from those on the frontlines as well as behind the scenes, from officers and soldiers to nurses, engineers and reporters, to create a volume that will be regarded as the definitive record of the personal experiences that forged the emerging national identities of Australia and New Zealand.

'Bloodlust, fury and despair ping off the pages.' Courier-Mail

'This is one of the finest collections of war writing assembled, astutely analysed and sensitively compiled.' Weekly Times

  • Pub date: 25 March 2015
  • ISBN: 9780143572428
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 432
  • RRP: $22.99

About the Author

Mark Dapin

Mark Dapin is the author of the novels King of the Cross and Spirit House. King of the Cross won the Ned Kelly Award for Best First Fiction, and Spirit House was long listed for the Miles Franklin Literary Award and shortlisted for the Age Book of the Year and the Royal Society for Literature's Ondaatje Prize. His recent work of military history, The Nashos' War, has been widely acclaimed. He is a PhD candidate at the Australian Defence Force Academy.

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