From the Trenches: The Best ANZAC Writing of World War I

Author(s): Mark Dapin


In the centenary of World War One, here are the Anzacs in their own words. From the Trenches is a collection of gripping, awe-inspiring and sometimes terrifying accounts of life at the front, recorded by those who lived through the fighting. Drawn from diaries, memoirs and letters, as well as poetry, reportage and prose, this collection reminds us that the Anzac legend is rooted in real and tragic circumstances on a heartbreakingly human scale. Belying the common perception of the laconic digger, these compelling voices convey the range of wartime experience, from the desolation and horror to the unbridled excitement and camaraderie. Through it all runs the bleak toll on young lives. Author and journalist Mark Dapin has selected writing from those on the frontlines as well as behind the scenes, from officers and soldiers to nurses, engineers and reporters, to create a volume that will be regarded as the definitive record of the personal experiences that forged the emerging national identities of Australia and New Zealand. 'Bloodlust, fury and despair ping off the pages.'
Courier-Mail 'This is one of the finest collections of war writing assembled, astutely analysed and sensitively compiled.' Weekly Times


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'A fine, judicious and moving selection ...a rich addition to the literature of Anzac.' Weekend Australian 'This is one of the finest collections of war writing assembled, astutely analysed and sensitively compiled.' Weekly Times 'Bloodlust, fury and despair ping off the pages, in poetry and prose.' Courier-Mail 'A gem of a collection.' South Coast Register 'A book for those who want to feel, see and smell the war through the eyes of those who were there.' Brisbane News 'No history book can bring these tragic events to life as graphically or as honestly as these men's own accounts ...a must-read for anyone who wants to delve more deeply into the Anzac legend.' Toowoomba Chronicle 'Mark Dapin's writing in this field is second to none.' Weekly Times Now

Journalist Mark Dapin is the editor of The Penguin Book of Australian War Writing. His latest novel, Spirit House, set on the Burma Railway during the Second World War, was longlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award and shortlisted for the Age Book of the Year. He is a PhD candidate at the Australian Defence Force Academy.

General Fields

  • : 9780143572428
  • : Penguin Books Australia
  • : Penguin Books Australia
  • : February 2015
  • : Australia
  • : April 2015
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Mark Dapin
  • : Paperback
  • : Apr-15
  • : 994.04
  • : 432