WILL DAVIES

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This was a series of three environment children’s books published by Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, (1979-1980) along with posters, an audio reading and Teachers Notes.  (Out of Print. Copies not available).


Tales From a Suitcase

Book Cover  Tales from a suitcase by Will DaviesThis book was written from the oral history interviews taken from the second television series of the same name of the migrant experience between 1949 and 1959 in Australia. This book was co-written with Andrea Dal Bosco and published by Lothian in Melbourne in 2002.

(Copies are available at $25 + postage and packaging. Purchase your copy here).


Tales From a Suitcase – the Afghan Experience.  

Book Cover Tales from a suitcase - the Afghan ExperienceThis was written from the oral history interviews taken from the third television series of the Tales From a Suitcase of the migrant experience of the Afghan refugee people in Australia. This book was co-written with Andrea Dal Bosco and published by Lothian in Melbourne in 2003.


(Copies are available at $25 + postage and packaging.  Purchase your copy here).


Fighting Masoud’s War   

Book Cover Fighting Mousad's War by Will DaviesOne of the characters from the second Tales book, Abdullah Shariat, had been a Mujahedeen fighter in the war against the Russians and had an amazing story to tell, one that did not come out in the interview for television.  This is the untold story of the great warlord Masoud and his part in unifying Afghanistan and a very diverse and disparate people.  The book was published by Lothian in Melbourne in 2004.

(Copies are available at $30 + postage and packaging. Purchase your copy here).


Somme Mud

This was a lost manuscript written after the First World War which remained in the family until it was lent to Will Davies by the writer’s grandson. Will Davies did a major edit on the original manuscript of 185,000 words, reducing it to 135,000 and had this published by Random House Australia and Transworld UK in 2006.  The book has been compared to All Quiet on the Western Front, probably the greatest epic and most famous novel of the war.

Somme Mud has been a major best seller in Australia and the UK and has recently been published in Belgium.
(Copies are available at $25 + postage and packaging. Purchase your copy here).

Somme Mud  (Young Readers Edition)

Book Cover Somme Mud by Will DaviesA young readers edition was published in 2010


(Copies available at $20 plus postage and packaging.
Purchase your copy here.).

 


In the Footsteps of Private Lynch

Book Cover Footsteps of Private LynchAs a follow-up contextual history of Somme Mud, Will Davies wrote Footsteps to provide places, dates and a description to the narrative of Private Edward Lynch.  The original manuscript often lacked place names, where battles were fought, the dates and times of these actions and a description and detail of the background to the war. This book fills this gap and places Somme Mud on a historic timeline and against the broader history of the Great War. It was published by Random House Australia and Transworld in the UK in 2008.
This book too was a best seller in both countries.

(Copies are available at $35 + postage and packaging. Purchase your copy here.).


In the Footsteps of their Fathers

For the 85th anniversary of the Sydney based security company, Sydney Night Patrol, Will Davies was commissioned to write the corporate history from the company’s beginnings in 1923 until the anniversary celebrations in 2008.

(Copies of the book are available from the company)


Beneath Hill 60

With the funding of the feature film, BENEATH HILL 60, Will Davies was asked to write the “book of the film”. With a very short deadline, the book was written in twenty weeks and published a month before the release of the film in early 2010 by Random House Australia and Transworld in London. It tells the story of the Australian tunnellers in the First World War, particularly their part in the Battle of Messines and the firing of two massive mines at Hill 60 near Ypres, Belgium. 
This book was a major best seller in both countries. 

(Copies are available at $25 + postage and packaging. Purchase your copy here.).


The Boy Colonel

This is the story of a young officer, only 18 at the time he landed on Gallipoli, who went right through the First World War, was wounded twice, the second time severely, won a DSO and MC and became a lieutenant Colonel at 22 years of age and the Commanding Officer of a battalion of one thousand men. He returned to Australia in late 1918, became engaged in 1919, but was sadly lost in the surf at palm Beach to the north of Sydney attempting to rescue a women from the undertow in January 1920 at the age of 24.

This book is due for release in August 2013 and published by Random House Australia.  

(Copies are available at $35 + Postage and packaging. Purchase your copy here).


All copies can be signed by the author to you or a designated person – an ideal and unique gift.

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