Author(s): Lee Christopher
I was young then. I remember the landing on the beach and the days of my time on the peninsula and returning home from war, the past and the present coming together in my mind over the years. I remember the beauty of the ugly place. Packed into tiny boats, Michael, his brother Dan and their mates think only of what is to come. These young Australians miss home, hate the enemy and are choking in fear. After the surreal panic of that first dawn charge up the Turkish beaches, when nothing is as they were told, they dig in. For the next eight months, each will play his part in the epic battle of Gallipoli. Trying to survive in the lottery of close warfare and watching as the seasons change, Michael comes to wonder whether the men he fights are so different from himself. Wedged in the trenches, soldiers of both sides will be irrevocably changed by two relentless forces - the turning seasons and the grinding machine of war. Even if they survive, what will they become? This powerfully lyrical novel by acclaimed screenwriter Christopher Lee (writer of the TV series Gallipoli) takes us to the heart of the diggers' experience. It brings to life the kind of truth that only fiction can - what it was like to be in those trenches, and how the character of the nation transformed when Gallipoli changed these men.
A former journalist and foreign correspondent, Christopher Lee is author of the novel Bush Week and the non-fiction book Howzat! Kerry Packer's War. A leading television scriptwriter best known for his work on The Secret Life of Us, Paper Giants: The Birth of Cleo and Howzat! Kerry Packer's War, he is also the writer of the Nine Network miniseries Gallipoli. He has been awarded the Centenary Medal, the Queensland Premier's Literary Award and the Foxtel Fellowship for Screenwriting Excellence.