Big-Noting: The Heroic Theme in Australian War Writing
An engagingly readable, entertaining yet scholarly survey of the Australian war mythology. An adventurous, but meticulous study . . . this is a book that bayonets a too-long-held myth. - Judges' Report, 1988 Age Book of the Year . . . the most incisive, comprehensive and controversial account so far to appear of Australian literature of war . . . carries out a neglected task of literary and cultural history. - Peter Pierce Age . . . a brave argument and a brave book . . . a beautifully written book . . . you'll never feel quite the same about Anzac or Gallipoli again. - Judith Smart Victorian Historical Journal Gerster's central heresy . . . deserves to be taken very seriously indeed. The book should be bought at the shop rather than burned at the stake. - Mark Thomas Canberra Times
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