Author(s): Les Carlyon
"The book of the year" (Alan Ramsey, Sydney Morning Herald)Les Carlyon's Gallipoli is one of the most successful, and critically acclaimed, works of Australian non-fiction published in the last decade. In hardback we sold almost 60,000 copies in the first four months of publication. The paperback has become one of our core backlist titles, with sales of well over 100,000 copies to date. This new edition places the book in Picador for the first time, and is designed to sit alongside a new edition of The Great War.Carlyon's book brilliantly captures the tragedy of the Gallipoli campaign, and grippingly tells the story of what was to become our national myth. It is the product of meticulous scholarship and research, it is writing of the highest quality, but above all else it is a work of extraordinary storytelling that has the reader gripped from the very first page until the last (over 600 odd pages). As one of the reviews has pointed out, Gallipoli is the definitive history for whole new generation of readers.
Les Carlyon, AC, was born in northern Victoria in 1942. He was an editor of The Age, editor-in-chief of the Herald & Weekly Times, and the Graham Perkin Australian Journalist of the Year in 1993. Gallipoli was published in 2001 to vast critical and commercial success and became a number one best-seller in Australia, New Zealand and Great Britain. Acclaimed worldwide as a landmark chapter in histories of the First World War, it is now considered the definitive account of the campaign. The book's best-selling sequel, The Great War, was published in 2006 to widespread critical praise. Carlyon's other books for Pan Macmillan include The Master: A Personal Portrait of Bart Cummings.