1915: A Novel of Gallipoli

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1915: A Novel of Gallipoli
1915 A Novel at Gallipoli.jpg
Author Roger McDonald
Country Australia
Language English
Genre Novel
Published 1979 (University of Queensland Press)
Media type Print (hardback)
Pages 426 pp
ISBN 9780702213755
OCLC 807526445

1915: A Novel of Gallipoli is a 1979 historical novel by Roger McDonald.[1]

Plot summary[edit]

The book is about two friends, Walter and Billy, who join the AIF and go to fight at Gallipoli. The novel follows the story of the two men from their adolescence in the Australian bush to their coming of age on the battlefields of World War I.


Kirkus Reviews wrote "A standard kit of ingredients goes into this Australian WW I novel about a pair of friends, their girls, their fates in war—but it develops with a dimensional quality provided by some very good writing. ... True, McDonald can sometimes get a little bogged down with miniature effects of perception—which still and sap his most bash-about scenes. But this is a small complaint against what otherwise is a strong, though tenuous, book about destructive innocence—how it leads to tragedies large and small."[2] Roger Hillman, writing in the Australian Humanities Review refers to it as one of the "key texts from the reception history of the Australian (Gallipoli) legend."[3]

Kunapipi called it "outstanding" and wrote "It's a poet's novel, beautifully written; perhaps slower and longer than it should be, but a remarkable achievement and one that promises much from his next novel nevertheless."[4]

Awards and nominations[edit]


McDonald wrote the television script for a seven part series which was broadcast on ABC TV in 1982.[7]


  1. ^ National Library of Australia – 1915: A Novel of Gallipoli by Roger McDonald
  2. ^ "1915". www.kirkusreviews.com. Kirkus Media LLC. Retrieved 13 November 2016. 
  3. ^ "A Transitional Gallipoli?". Australian Humanities Review. ANU Press (51). November 2011. Retrieved 13 November 2016. 
  4. ^ Anna Rutherford (1980). "The Year That Was". Kunapipi. University of Wollongong. 2 (1): 137. Retrieved 13 November 2016. 
  5. ^ Keenan, Catherine (23 June 2006). "From farming wool to weaving a winning tale". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 13 November 2016. 
  6. ^ Sophia Barnes. "1915 by Roger McDonald: 366 Days of Writing". www.nswwc.org.au. The NSW Writers Centre. Retrieved 13 November 2016. 
  7. ^ "Guide to the Papers of Roger McDonald". www.nla.gov.au. National Library of Australia. Retrieved 13 November 2016.