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by Les Carlyon

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.


“The book of the year”  Alan Ramsey, Sydney Morning Herald





01 August, 2001

About Les Carlyon

Les Carlyon was born in Northern Victoria in 1942. He has been editor of the Melbourne Age, editor-in-chief of the Herald and Weekly Times group and visiting lecturer in journalism at RMIT in a career that has established him as one of Australia's most respected journalists. He has received both the Walkley Award (1971) and the Graham Perkin Australian Journalist of the Year Award (1993). Les Carlyon is the author of the bestselling and critically acclaimed Gallipoli, as well as his latest work, The Great War.

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