Literature - War

The Men Who came out of the Ground

Australia's Second commando company waged a guerilla war againt the Japanese in East Timor in 1942.  Paul Cleary, the author, has an engaging style. It is respectful of the Catholic Church.

The Great War

The book earned The Australian Book Industry Awards’ Book of the Year 2007 and the Prime Minister’s Prize for History, 2007. The emotional journey back to the Western Front is at times almost unbearably...

Tobruk

"Tobruk" narrates the taking of Tobruk as part of a general thrust in North Africa by Allied forces. The story of 1941's Battle of Tobruk (in Libya), in which more than 15,000 Australian troops - backed by...

Kokoda

For Australians, Kokoda is the iconic battle of World War II. Author Peter FitzSimons tells the Kokoda story in a gripping, moving story. The Kokoda Track is a foot track in Papua-New Guinea. Conditions on...

Charles Bean

Charles Bean was a war journalist in WW1. He is also conceived the idea of the Australian War Memorial based in Canberra. Coulthart always admired Bean's courage and scrupulous honesty, and now he examines...

The love that I have

It is s beguiling story, powerful and heart-breaking which holds the reader enthralled until the last page. It is set in World War two when Margot Baumann, a school-leaver, takes a job in the mailroom of a...

Threat Vector

Five members of The Campus are in Istanbul hunting for five former Libyan agents to take revenge for the death of the brother of one of them. There are five cold blooded killings but they discover that they...

The Siege of Krishnapur

This novel won the Booker Prize in 1973. Although Krishnapur is fictional, the book is a carefully researched recreation of similar events when Indian troops  rebelled against the oppressive rule of the...

Pennies for Hitler

The novel begins in 1939 with the onset of WWII in Nazi Germany. The boy, Georg, son of a English university professor living in Germany, discovers he has a Jewish ancestor and must flee Germany without his...