Category Archives: War

Afghanistan: 3 Books and a Song

The Sewing Circles of Herat by Christina Lamb Christina Lamb is a foreign correspondent with a close relationship to Afghanistan and its people. Long before the current crisis of the west’s longest war-without-end, Lamb was reporting from Afghanistan. During the … Continue reading

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A Nurse at the Front, by Sister Edith Appleton

The First World War Diaries of Sister Edith Appleton. This is a book I’ve been reading over a long period – not quite for as many years as it took for the original diaries to be written, but I’ve been … Continue reading

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Enemy Coast Ahead by Guy Gibson VC DSO DFC

Guy Gibson was my childhood hero. I don’t know how I heard of him and his involvement in the “Dam Busters” raid, or why I came to idolise him; but as a pre-teen I developed a brief obsession with the … Continue reading

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Blood on my Hands, a Surgeon at War by Craig Jurisevic

This is another book related to military medicine, but this one has a slight difference. Jurisevic was an Australian volunteer doctor who chose to help refugees who were fleeing from Kosovo to get away from a murderous campaign waged by Serbia under … 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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While History Passed, by Jessie Elizabeth Simons

Knowing that I love to read, whenever I visited Gloria’s family, her dad would hand me one of his very few books. He’d served in the RAAF in Borneo towards the end of WWII and as a result disliked the … Continue reading

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One Woman’s War and Peace by Wing Commander Sharon Bown (Ret’d)

THIS is a book I was very eager to get from the time I heard it was being published. I pre-ordered a copy months ahead of publication, and then had to wait longer, because Gloria insisted on paying for it … Continue reading

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Military Medicine. Three Conflicts

Bad Medicine by Terry Ledgard. Subtitled “a no holds barred account of life as an Australian SAS Medic during the war in Afghanistan”. This would be the most disappointing book of the “military medic” books I’ve read. Firstly I thought … Continue reading

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Hobbit, a Wardrobe, and a Great War by Joseph Loc

A Hobbit, a Wardrobe, and a Great War by Joseph Loconte, is one of several books I’ve read over the past couple of years about WWI, its origins and its ongoing effects. What it says about the spiritual conditions leading … Continue reading

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Edith Cavell: Faith before the firing squad, by Catherine Butcher

Edith Cavell: Faith before the firing squad, by Catherine Butcher. Edith Cavell was an English nurse who helped establish a nursing school in Brussels, at a time when nursing practice in Belgium had low standards and little community respect. Cavell … Continue reading

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