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The wing of night

by Brenda Walker

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My own taste has always been for unwritten history and my present business is with the reverse of the picture. Henry James
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The horseman sailed at five o'clock when the day was almost over and although they were travelling to do the hard work of fighting England's enemies it felt like knock-off time on the last day of the harvest: a golden afternoon, full barns and a safe year ahead, all memory of strain and labour and injury gone from the mind.
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All over the south-west, soldiers' wives were learning to sleep alone. Sleeping themselves back into the nights before their, weddings . . . In 1915 a troopship of Light Horsemen sails from Fremantle for the Great War. Two women farewell their men: Elizabeth, with her background of careless wealth, and Bonnie, who is marked by the anxieties of poverty. Neither can predict how the effects of the most brutal fighting at Gallipoli will devastate their lives in the long aftermath of the war. The Wing of Night is a novel about the strength and failure of faith and memory, about returned soldiers who become exiles in their own country, about how people may become the very opposite of what they imagined themselves to be. Brenda Walker writes with a terrible grandeur of the grime and drudge of the battlefield, and of how neither men nor women can be consoled for the wreckage caused by a foreign war.
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