Reading List

Recently published books about the beginning of the War


Other WWI titles

  • Adam-Smith, Patsy, The Anzacs, Penguin Books, 2002
  • Barton, Peter, The Lost Legions of Fromelles, Allen & Unwin, 2014
  • Bean, C.E.W. Anzac to Amiens, Penguin 2014
  • Beaumont, Joan (ed), Australia’s War 1914-18, Sydney, Allen & Unwin, 1995
  • Brittain, Vera, Testament of Youth, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2009
  • Broadbent, Harvey, Gallipoli The Fatal Shore, Penguin, 2005
  • Carolyn, Les, Gallipoli, Picador Australia, 2010
  • Carolyn, Les, The Great War, Picador Australia, 2007
  • Cochrane, Peter, Australians At War, Melbourne: ABC Books, 2001
  • Cull, William, Both Sides of the Wire, Allen & Unwin, 2011
  • Cummings, E.E., The Enormous Room, Hard Press, 1922
  • De Vries, Susanna, Australian Heroines of World War I, Pirgos Press, 2013
  • Facey, A.B. A Fortunate Life, Penguin Books, 1981
  • Fallows, Carol, Love and War, Sydney: Bantam Books, 2002
  • Gamage, Bill, The Broken Years: Australian Soldiers in the Great War, Melbourne University Publishing, 2010
  • Graves, Robert, Goodbye to all that, Popular Penguins, 2009
  • Harrison, Charles Yale, Generals Die in Bed, Penguin, 2014
  • Holden, Robert, And the Band Played On, Hardie Grant 2014
  • Johnston, George, My Brother Jack, A&R Australian Classic, 2013
  • Junger, Ernst, Storm of Steel, Penguin, 2014
  • Kyle, Roy, An Anzac’s Story, Penguin, 2014
  • Mann, Leonard, Flesh in Armour, Penguin, 2014
  • Manning, Frederic, The Middle Parts of Fortune: Somme & Ancre, 1916, London: P Davies, 1929
  • McKernan, Michael, The Australian People and the Great War, Melbourne: Nelson, 1980
  • Rees, Peter, Anzac Girls, Allen & Unwin, 2014
  • Reid Richard, Just Wanted To Be There, Canberra: Department of Veterans’ Affairs, 1999
  • Schuler, Phillip, Australia in Arms, Penguin, 2014
  • Walter, George, The Penguin Book of First World War Poetry, Penguin, 2014


Recent titles available through The Library Shop

  • Barwick Archie, In Great Spirits, Harper Collins, 2013
  • Brown, James, Anzacs Long Shadow: The Cost of our National Obsession, Black Inc, 2014
  • Butler, Janet, Kitty’s War, Queensland University Press, 2013
  • Cullen, Kit, Jack’s Journey: an Anzac’s descent into death, disaster and controversy at Gallipoli, Allen & Unwin 2013)
  • Lindsay, Patrick, The Spirit of Gallipoli: the birth of the Anzac legend, Hardie Grant Books, c2006
  • Lycette, Tim and Playle, Sandra, Fromelles: the Final Chapters : how the buried diggers were identified and their lives reclaimed, Melbourne Penguin Group (Australia), 2013
  • Stockings, Craig and Connor, John (ed), Before the Anzac Dawn: a military history of Australia to 1915, Sydney NewSouth Publishing, 2013

Browse more titles from The Library Shop


  • Adam-Smith, Patsy, Australian women at war, Melbourne: Thomas Nelson, 1984
  • Barker, Marianne, Nightingales in the mud: the Digger sisters of the Great War, 1914-1918, Sydney: Allen & Unwin, 1989
  • Bassett, Jan, Guns and Brooches, Melbourne: Oxford University Press, 1992
  • Hallett, Christine E, Containing trauma: nursing work in the First World War, Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2009
  • Harris, Kirsty, More than bombs and bandages: Australian Army nurses at work in World War I, Newport, N.S.W: Big Sky Publishing, 2011
  • Oppenheimer, Melanie, Australian women and war, Canberra: Dept. of Veterans' Affairs, 2008
  • Rae, Ruth, Veiled lives: threading Australian nursing history into the fabric of the First World War Burwood, N.S.W: The College of Nursing, 2009
  • Rae, Ruth, Scarlet poppies : the army experience of Australian nurses during World War One, Burwood, N.S.W: The College of Nursing,  2004
  • Rees, Peter, The other Anzacs : nurses at war, 1914-18, Crows Nest, N.S.W: Allen & Unwin, 2008
  • Scates, Bruce and Frances, Raelene, Women and the Great War, Cambridge University Press, 1997


WWI Children’s Books:

  • Carlyon, Patrick, The Gallipoli Story, Penguin, 2003
  • Bell, Krista & Elliot, Belinda, Jack’s Bugle, Windy Hollow Books, 2014
  • Brown, Susie, Warner, Margaret & Ciaffaglione, Sebastian, Lone Pine WWI Anniversary Edition, Little Hare, 2014
  • Everett, Valerie, The house that was built in a day - ANZAC Cottage, UWA Publishing, 2007
  • Farrer, Vashti & O'Loughlin, Sue, Walers go to war, Anzac Day Commemoration Committee
  • French, Jackie, A Rose for the Anzac Boys, Harper Collins, 2008
  • French, Jackie, The donkey who carried the wounded: the famous story of Simpson and his donkey, Harper Collins, 2009
  • Greenwood, Kerry & White, Annie Gallipoli, Scholastic Press 2014
  • Greenwood, Mark & Lessac,Frane, Midnight The Story of a Light Horse, Walker Books, 2014
  • Hartnett, Sonya, The Silver Donkey, Puffin, 2007
  • Murphy, Sally, & Kretschmar, Sonia, Do Not Forget Australia, Walker Books, 2014
  • Saxby, Claire & Berry, Max, Meet the Anzacs, Random House, 2014
  • Stark, Ruth, An Anzac Tale, Working Title Press, 2013
  •  (Queensland), 2001
  • Walters, Celeste & Mullins, Patricia, Only a Donkey, Puffin, 2008
  • Wilkinson, Carole, Fromelles Australia’s Bloodiest Day at War, Black Dog, 2011
  • Wilson, Mark, My Mother’s Eyes, The Story of an Australian Boy Soldier, Lothian 2009
  • Wolfer, Dianne, Light Horse Boy, Fremantle Press, 2013
  • Wolfer, Dianne, Lighthouse Girl, Fremantle Press, 2010





Ward diary, 6 October 1914 - 28 July 1915
Diary of Eric Harford Ward

More than just this dairy (which is incredibly moving), it's the stories you piece together by reading other material in our collection. While on duty, Eric Ward wrote several letters to his home town paper The Bathurst TimesYou can even get a small glimpse of his life after the war with mention of a wedding. These documents are like pieces of a puzzle that together show a picture of a man who went to war and, thankfully, returned home.

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