The definitive work and national bestseller
"The book of the year" Alan Ramsey, Sydney Morning Herald
Les Carlyon's Gallipoli is the epic story of the fighting men who forged the legend of Anzac in 1915.
Taking the reader behind the lines and into the trenches, Gallipoli not only brings an infamous battlefield to vivid life but puts poignant breath in the bones of the ordinary heroes who lived and died there. War stories are rarely this personal but Carlton's meticulous research and mesmeric storytelling take readers up-close with the conflict like never before, poetically evoking an ancient landscape rooted in myth, a theatre for Alexander the Great, St Paul and the Trojan Wars, and then intimately populating it with soldiers, generals and politicians from the Allied and Turkish forces.
A century on from the Anzac landing on 25 April 1915, Les Carlyon's Gallipoli endures, a masterpiece every bit as haunting and heartbreaking as the events it records. Once read, it is never forgotten.
Gritty, gruelling and superb
No poetry, romance or mythical storytelling here. Les Carlyon plants you firmly inside the trenches so you can almost see, hear and smell the tragic events as they unfold.
Superb, uncompromising and probably the best book you'll read about the Gallipoli campaign.