Ghost at the Wedding

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Penguin Group Australia, Jun 29, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 256 pages
Winner, 2009 Asher Literary Award

Three generations,
two world wars,
one family

The young men who worked in the canefields of northern New South Wales in 1914 couldn't wait to set off for the adventure of war. The women coped as best they could, raised the children, lived in fear of an official telegram. They grieved for those killed, and learnt of worse things than death in combat. They bore more sons to replace those lost, and these were just the right age to go off to the Second World War.

The Ghost at the Wedding chronicles events from both sides of war: the horror of the battlefields and the women left at home. Shirley Walker's depictions of those battles - Gallipoli, the Western Front, the Kokoda Track - are grittily accurate, their reverberations haunting. Written with the emotional power of a novel, here is a true story whose sorrow is redeemed by astonishing beauty and strength of spirit.

'Exquisitely written ... A portrait of true Aussie grit and survival not to be missed.' Australian Women's Weekly

'Powerful ... A succession of lightning strikes.' Roger McDonald, Australian Literary Review

'A poignant family war memoir, a tragic love story and a rare literary accomplishment ... A book I must read again.' Warren Brewer, Hobart Mercury

'Convinces utterly, immerses the reader in the experience . Evocative, heartfelt.' Lucy Sussex, Sunday Age

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User Review  - lauren.castan - LibraryThing

Not my favourite book, but quite interesting. Some weird tense tricks in the prose. Finished just in time for Book Club tomorrow night. Read full review



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About the author (2009)

After a long career as a lecturer in Australian literature at the University of New England, Shirley Walker is now an Honorary Fellow at the institution. She is a past President of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature, the Founding Director of the Centre for Australian Language and Literature Studies at UNE, and the author of four books and numerous critical articles. She now lives on the far north coast of New South Wales, between the escarpment and the sea.

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