The Facing Island

The Facing Island

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This imaginative memoir uses letters sent by a young New Zealand soldier to the author's maternal grandmother during World War I as a springboard for her account of her own life. As the author 'replies to' the letters of the long-dead young soldier, links and parallels begin to emerge between the young man living with the fear of death and the woman, eighty years later, facing her own death from cancer in middle age. The author's story is courageous and moving; the young man's letters offer a vivid insight into an ordinary soldier's wartime experience. Jan Bassett died soon after completing her more

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  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 195.6 x 235.7 x 16mm | 444.53g
  • Melbourne University Press
  • Carlton, Australia
  • English
  • 0522850294
  • 9780522850291
  • 1,343,631

About Jan Bassett

Jan Bassett was an associate professor of history at the University of Melbourne, and is the author of "Guns and Brooches: Australian Army Nursing from the Boer War to the Gulf War," the "Oxford Illustrated Dictionary of Australian History," and "As We Wave You Goodbye: Australian Women and War." She died in more

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"This is the writing of a sensitive woman gifted with imagination and skilled as a scholar . . . her writing resonates with what she knows and what matters to her--poetry, songs, paintings, and always the people and places she has come to know." --Lucy Frostshow more

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