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

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  • 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





The European War, ca. 1914-1918 / William Henry Dyson
All’s fair in love and war ...

Don’t know why, but I love this image ... Life goes on despite the weary body language of both the Aussie soldier and the European woman. Both seem sick and tired of their situations; but the eye contact still seems to be intense in the middle of all that mayhem. See pic.

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