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April 14, 2015

anzac girls“The Other Anzacs” by Peter Rees (also published as Anzac Girls) is a phenomenal read.  And that’s coming from someone who is not a fan of non-fiction.  The only reason I read this 2008 book is because I watched the mini-series Anzac Girls, based on it, and was inspired to find out more about the nurses.

The Other Anzacs is mainly about the first Australian and New Zealand nurses who nursed during World War I.  Whether it was via the Australia Army Nursing Service, the New Zealand Army Nursing Service, the Imperial Military Nursing Service or the Australian Red Cross ‘Bluebirds’.

Not only is it well written and easy to follow, it is impeccably researched, and includes additional information beyond the mini-series such as what happened to the nurses after the war, and quite a lot of information about the battles waged other anzacsand military politics of the day.  There was also a riveting chapter on the sinking of the Marquette transport ship in 1915, in which 10 New Zealand nurses died, with first-hand accounts of this tragic event.

This book does not shrink from criticising some of what went on during World War I, in particular detailing what some of the nurses went through, both professionally and personally, which almost beggars belief.  So if you enjoyed the mini-series (which we also have available on DVD), you will probably find this title as fascinating as I did.

– Natalie

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