The daughters of Mars
In the tradition of Atonement and Birdsong, the Durance sisters leave Australia to nurse on the front during the First World War and discover a world beyond their imaginings.
Naomi and Sally Durance are daughters of a dairy farmer from the Macleay Valley. Bound together in complicity by what they consider a crime, when the Great War begins in 1914 they hope to submerge their guilt by leaving for Europe to nurse the tides of young wounded. They head for the Dardanelles on the hospital ship Archimedes. Their education in medicine, valour and human degradation continues on the Greek island of Lemnos, then on the Western Front. Here, new outrages of gas and shell-shock present themselves.
Inspired by the journals of Australian nurses who gave their all to the Great War effort and the men they nursed.
Soft cover, 608 pages.