The ghost at the wedding
Three generations, two world wars, one family.
The young men who worked in the canefields of northern New South Wales in 1914 couldn't wait to set off for the adventure of war. The women coped as best they could, raised the children, and lived in fear of an official telegram. They grieved for those killed, and learnt of worse things than death in combat. They bore more sons to replace those lost, and these were just the right age to go off to the Second World War.
The Ghost at the Wedding chronicles events from both sides of war: the horror of the battlefields and the women left at home. Shirley Walker’s true story depicts the battles on Gallipoli, the Western Front and the Kokoda Track. In 2009 it won the Asher Literary Award.
Soft cover, 251 pages.