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In Eyewitness, Garrie Hutchinson has selected the cream of writing from Australia's wars. Many of our finest writer-reporters are featured - C.E.W. Bean, Alan Moorehead, Paul McGeough. Kenneth Slessor, Ray Parkin, Osmar White, John Martinkus, Peter Ryan and more. The settings range from the beach at Anzac Cove in 1914 to the Kokoda Track, from desert dugouts to a hotel in Baghdad. Eyewitness shows how Australian war correspondents, official and unofficial, have written with courage and conviction, under pressure of censorship and physical and technical hardship. This is writing of great immediacy, passion and truthfulness, with each selection accompanied by a brief scene-setting narrative and a biographical sketch.... dispatches (collected in two volumes by Clement Semmler and published in 1984) some of the most perceptive and descriptive writing about Australians at war. ... The other is Beach Burial, the result of Slessora#39;s observation and meditation on universality of death after Alamein. ... Softly and humbly to the Gulf of Arabs The convoys of dead sailors come; At night they sway and wander in the waters far 106.

Author:Garrie Hutchinson
Publisher:Black Inc. - 2005


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