Category Archives: biography

The Commando (the life and death of Cameron Baird VC. MG.) by Ben Mckelvey

The Commando, is a biography of Cameron Baird the 100th (and to date last) Australian Victoria Cross winner who was killed in Afghanistan in June 2013. It was quite a disturbing read, although I’m not sure it was intended to … Continue reading

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Hope and Persistence

These two books show humanity at its worst. Firstly through the evils of the war in Syria that has made so much of that country impossible to live in. Secondly through the treatment of those trying to flee the horrors … Continue reading

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Illegitimate Bill

Bill the Bastard by Roland Perry is the story of an almost legendary horse ridden in Australian Light Horse campaigns in WWI, who my wife and I politely refer to as “Illegitimate Bill”. I first heard about Bill in a … Continue reading

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Vera Brittain and the First World War

My 2015 reading year started off so well – but recently it hit an obstacle or two. I’ve continued with books about World War 1, but started committing myself to too many similar books at the same time. A few … Continue reading

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The Price of Valour, by John Hamilton

The latest book in my Gallipoli quest is Price of Valour, a biography about Hugo Throssell VC. Throssell, had survived some of the worst parts of the Gallipoli campaign. He was one of the few to live through the suicidal … Continue reading

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Flight Command by John Oddie

I first saw John Oddie in a documentary about official war artist Ben Quilty. Oddie was sitting for a series of portraits that are currently part of the After Afghanistan exhibition at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.* The paintings … Continue reading

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Bravo Two Zero, Andy McNab

Bravo Two Zero isn’t a book I would have chosen to read. A work colleague told me that he never read books until he came across Andy McNab’s stories, and he lent me this autobiographical account of McNab’s involvement in … Continue reading

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One Light Still Shines by Marie Monville

The shooting of ten Amish girls in their school house created more victims than just those who were killed or injured. There were the families who lost their daughters or whose daughters survived with various physical and mental scars. And there … Continue reading

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Reading Drought Breaks

Last year was a record breaker with 66 books read, the most since I started keeping a regular tally. But after that my reading seemed to hit a brick wall. In the first months of this year I finished a … Continue reading

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Mercy and Imprisonment

The Shape of Mercy by Susan Meissner Gloria has a few books by Susan Meissner. She told me one of them included references to Lady Jane Grey. I’ve been fascinated with Jane since my pre-teens and in recent years I’ve … Continue reading

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