Former leading New Zealand publisher and bookseller, and widely experienced judge of both the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, talks about what he is currently reading, what impresses him and what doesn't, along with chat about the international English language book scene, and links to sites of interest to booklovers.
Thursday, April 06, 2017
The NZ Experience at Gallipoli & the Western Front
New Zealand Experience at Gallipoli and the Western Front
Matthew Wright Published
by Oratia Books 978-0-947506-19-3 Paperback,
account of our roles in the main battles of the First World War – and how these
reshaped our society forever
The New Zealand Experience at Gallipoli and the Western Front, historian
Matthew Wright goes to the heart of how the First World War affected the lives
of ordinary New Zealanders. The book analyses what it was like for New Zealand
soldiers at the two main battle fronts where they fought, and frames it with
the social effects back home.
with an outline of pre-war New Zealand society, Wright portrays the
extraordinary world of war into which its young men plunged as they entered the
baptism of fire at Gallipoli.
end of innocence that the withdrawal from the Dardanelles implied led to a
harder, more fatalistic approach in the theatre of mechanised death that was
the Western Front. By war’s end, hope and glory had faded, replaced by a new
view of military heroism – in a country forever changed.
is a prolific writer who has authored more than 50 books, principally relating
to New Zealand history, including many military histories. Among his works are
the Bateman Illustrated History of New Zealand and The New Zealand
Wars. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.