Ion Idriess: The Desert Column

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Facsimile CoverWhen I was a lad I thrilled to the works of Ion Idriess (and Nevil Shute: ‘A Town Like Alice’, ‘On the Beach’, etc) I still wonder at his retelling of the Kidman story (‘The Cattle King’) I confess I have not read the wonderful book reviewed so capably here: regarding his ‘adventures’ at Gallipoli and with the Australian Light Horse in Palestine, but I certainly shall. After you read the review, you probably will too! You can download it here:

Update: (11/07) I have read it now and am awed that someone could possibly write so well under fire! this is the story of the greatest cavalry engagement in history: the Australian Mounted Infantry in WW1.

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