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Marching as to War by Don Charlwood (2nd edition 2011)

An eloquent and evocative autobiographical account of growing up in Australia between the two World Wars. The book describes life in Australia at that time, the influences of family, school and the Great Depression, as well as an exploration of the attitudes that led young Australians to support England in World War II.

This new edition from Burgewood Books contains photos, belonging to the author and his family, that illustrate the era and the events in the book.

The first edition of Marching as to War was the winner of the Fellowship of Australian Writers (Vic) Christina Stead Award in 1990 and commended in the same year for the Fellowship of Australian Writers (Vic) Herb Thomas Award for biography, autobiography or memoir.

Paperback, 198 pages, 16 pages of photographs, endnotes.
AUD $24.95 plus freight.

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New updated edition available:
Journeys into Night by Don Charlwood (3rd edition, 2013)

The second book of the author's autobiography, Journeys into Night covers the years 1939 to 1945 – the years of WWII. The author's Bomber Command experiences and those of the 19 men with whom he trained, are related in such detail that this book is much more than a memoir.

"Journeys into Night is notable for the clarity and power of its writing. Don Charlwood's wartime experiences – travelling overseas, training, the tedium and terror of ops – are recreated in vivid and moving detail." (Professor Elizabeth Webby).

Winner of the Fellowship of Australian Writers (Vic) Christina Stead Award in 1991 and winner of the Fellowship of Australian Writers (Vic) Herb Thomas Award for biography, autobiography or memoir, also in 1991.

292 pages, new author’s note, photos (b&w), two appendices, index. AUD $26.95 plus freight.

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Previous edition still available:
Journeys into Night
by Don Charlwood
(2nd edition 2005)

The second book of the author's autobiography, Journeys into Night covers the years 1939 to 1945 – the years of WWII. The author's Bomber Command experiences and those of the 19 men with whom he trained, are related in such detail that this book is much more than a memoir. 

"Journeys into Night is notable for the clarity and power of its writing. Don Charlwood's wartime experiences – travelling overseas, training, the tedium and terror of ops – are recreated in vivid and moving detail." (Professor Elizabeth Webby). 

Winner of the Fellowship of Australian Writers (Vic) Christina Stead Award in 1991 and winner of the Fellowship of Australian Writers (Vic) Herb Thomas Award for biography, autobiography or memoir, also in 1991.

272 pages, author's note, photos (black and white), index.
AUD $12.95 plus freight.

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An Afternoon of Time by Don Charlwood (3rd edition, 2011)

Two stories have been added to this new edition to make twelve beautifully told and entertaining tales of rural life in Western Victoria during the 1930s.

Four of the stories centre on the Otway Forest and the Great Ocean Road of that time. The other eight stories tell of farming and community life in the Western District pre-WWII. Many of the author’s photographs taken in the 1930s and ’40s are included in this edition. Also included are the author’s Reflections – written in his ninety-fifth year.

Charlwood tells of the people who influenced and encouraged his writing, and of the experiences and observations that were part of his progression to a published and respected author.

Paperback, 231 pages, foreword, author’s Reflections, 12 stories, 16 pages of photographs. AUD $24.95 plus freight.

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Previous edition still available:
An Afternoon of Time
by Don Charlwood (2nd edition, 1996)

Ten beautifully told and entertaining tales of rural life in Western Victoria, Australia during the 1930s. The stories are full of finely drawn characters, with gentle, and often amusing, detail. Two of the stories centre on the Otway Forest and the Great Ocean Road of that time.

Paperback, 174 pages, 10 stories, author's note. AUD $6.95 plus freight.

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No Moon Tonight by Don Charlwood (Published by Goodall, Crecy Publishing, Manchester, England, 2nd Goodall Edition, 2000)

A memoir of Bomber Command during World War Two, this book has been described as an elegy to the men who served and those who lost their lives. It is a deeply personal and vivid depiction of the experiences shared by many young men. "No one will be able to read No Moon Tonight without being deeply moved. No finer requiem has been said for the dead of Bomber Command." (Manchester Evening News). No Moon Tonight has been constantly in print since it was first published in 1956.

Paperback; 224 pages; photos (B&W); foreword by Don Bennett - leader of the Pathfinders; glossary. AUD $26.95 plus freight.

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The 1863 Shipboard Diary of Edward Charlwood from England to Australia (2003)

This beautiful book is a facsimile reproduction of the elegantly handwritten diary of 27-year-old Edward, accompanying his bride to her new land. It is an entertaining and informative account of their voyage onboard the Suffolk – a voyage similar to that taken by the many immigrants of the sailing ship era.

Paperback, 42 pages, colour facsimile of original handwritten diary. AUD $21.95 plus freight.

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All the Green Year by Don Charlwood

An ever-popular novel of boyhood life and adolescence set in a coastal town in Australia during the 1920s. Still just as relevant to young adults today, it is full of humour with entertaining characters brought to life. The essence of what it is like to be a boy on the edge of manhood is uniquely captured.

Burgewood Books is delighted to advise that All the Green Year is now available in the Text Classics series. This edition has an introduction by Michael McGirr and a new afterword written by Don Charlwood in his 97th year.

It is available as a print book and ebook from bookshops, online retailers and Text Publishing.

 

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