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Book Review - Hard Jacka – The Story of a Gallipoli Legend

By: Michael Lawriwsky (570.01/35719
Publisher: Mira ISBN: 978-1-74116-565-4

Michael Lawriwsky’s insightful Hard Jacka breathes life into the real man behind the legend – ‘Jacka’ to his superiors, ‘Bert’ to his mates, ‘our Albert’ to his proud mother. His acts of selfless heroism at Gallipoli would win him a VC, and his bravery in the battlefield of France would win him the unswerving loyalty of his mates.

Hard Jacka is a rich and fascinating story about Albert Jacka and the Great War, its heroes and anti-heroes, their sacrifice, determination and larrikin humour. It’s a compelling tale about the deep bonds that life in the trenches developed between men- the quintessential Aussie mateship.

October 2007


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