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  • Hachette Australia
  • Hachette Australia

Prose: non-fiction, History, Military history

The updated edition of this bestseller.

'an engrossing narrative, beautifully controlled by a master storyteller' SYDNEY MORNING HERALD

Acclaimed bestselling author Peter FitzSimons tells the Kokoda story in a gripping, moving story for all Australians: Kokoda is the iconic battle of World War II, yet few people know just what happened - and just what our troops achieved.

'for Australians, the battles in Papua New Guinea were the most important ever fought' Paul Keating

'This reads like fiction, but it is all fact.' Lieutenant Allan 'Kanga' Moore, 39th Battalion

'It was just a series of muddy footholds in the mountainside . . . so slippery that you had to sling your rifle and leave your hands free to grab the nearest vine or branch as your feet slid from under you . . . so steep that in some places you could scale the mountain face only by using both hands and both feet . . . so muddy that at times you sloshed through a quagmire more than ankle deep and felt the cloying mud suck your feet back at every step. That was the track they were fighting for down there.' Chester Wilmot (from a despatch banned by Commander-in-Chief Sir Thomas Blamey's headquarters)

75th Anniversary Edition

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Praise for Kokoda

  • This reads like fiction, but it is all fact - Lieutenant Allan Kanga Moore, 39th Battalion

  • combines stories from both sides with the history of the event to produce a gripping tale - AUSTRALIAN FINANCIAL REVIEW

  • an engrossing narrative, beautifully controlled by a master storyteller - SYDNEY MORNING HERALD

  • a moving account of the ordeal and experiences of Australian soldiers - DAILY TELEGRAPH

  • an eloquent case as to why Kokoda should be revered - THE AGE

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Peter FitzSimons

Peter FitzSimons is Australia's bestselling non-fiction writer, and for the past 30 years has also been a journalist and columnist with the SYDNEY MORNING HERALD and the SUN-HERALD.

He is the author of a number of highly successful books, including KOKODA, NED KELLY and GALLIPOLI, as well as biographies of such notable Australians as Sir Douglas Mawson, Nancy Wake and Nick Farr-Jones. His passion is to tell Australian stories, our own stories: of great men and women, of stirring events in our history.

Peter grew up on a farm north of Sydney, went to boarding school in Sydney and attended Sydney University. An ex-Wallaby, he also lived for several years in rural France and Italy, playing rugby for regional clubs. He and his wife Lisa Wilkinson - journalist, magazine editor and currently co-presenter of TODAY on Channel 9 - have three children; they live in Sydney.