Jennifer Byrne Presents War Stories
Jennifer Byrne sits down with four leading Australian writers and historians to discuss war and how it is written. Jennifer is joined by four remarkable Australians who have all written about war from vastly different viewpoints.
General Peter Cosgrove was head of the Australian defence force until retiring from active service in 2006. His autobiography My Story was published in 2006. Les Carlyon is an award-winning journalist. Gallipoli and The Great War, his two volumes on Australians in the First World War, are regarded as the definitive histories of the war.
Geraldine Brooks was an acclaimed war correspondent before turning her hand to fiction. Her novel March won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 2006. As medical officer on the notorious Thai-Burma railway Rowley Richards kept a secret diary of the experiences of his fellow prisoners of war, which formed part of A Doctor's War, published in 2005.
Their observations about the need to document the truth about war, about writing with passion, compassion and honesty make for profound and powerful television.
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