Author: Bennett, Jack
Condition: Very Good
Edition: 1st Edition
Publication Date: 1981
Cover: Hard Cover with Dust Jacket – 280 pages.
Comments: A novel based on the screenplay for the movie with Mel Gibson Archy Hamilton “came into the world running.” He grew up on his father’s farm in the Australian outback with two great dreams: to run as fast as the famous Harry Lasalles, and to join the dashing Light Horse brigade.
Frank Dunne was from the slums of Perth, the son of a hard-drinking Irishman who had nothing but curses for “England’s bloody war.” Frank’s dream was his own little bike shop, a business that would take him far away from the squalid tenements on Pratt Street. He could run faster than anyone in Western Australia-at least, until he raced Archy Hamilton.
Together they joined up, eager for glorious adventure in a foreign land, and were sent to the battle of Gallipoli.
Gallipoli, the outstanding novel from the critically acclaimed and popular film by Peter Weir (called “an `intimate’ epic in deeply affecting and universal terms” by Judith Crist), is the story of Archy Hamilton, Frank Dunne, and thousands of young men like them, youthful dreamers whose dreams were cut short by war. Gallipoli is a bittersweet tale of two boys who would give their lives for a smile from a pretty girl, a medal at the end of a footrace-or even their country. With gentle irony and a master’s touch, bestselling Australian novelist Jack Bennett has given us their world, a world whose hopes and ambitions are crushed forever in the terrible chaos and destruction of war.