Author(s): John Charalambous
Based on the acclaimed novel, Silent Parts, by John Charalambous, An Accidental Soldier in now a telemovie and aired on ABC1.
In times of war, love can be found in the most unlikely of places.
During World War I, Harry Lambert, a shy and gentle baker from rural Victoria, finds himself fighting for his life on the Western Front in Europe. Watching his mates die around him, Harry can’t bear the thought of dying before ever having truly known love. Making a life-changing decision, he walks away from the battlefield into an unfamiliar and hostile French countryside. Desperately trying to avoid capture, he meets Colombe, a stoic farm-wife bowed by hard work and tragedy, who risks everything to save his life.
‘One of the books of the year.’ Age ‘A “must-read” in any serious consideration of Australian war writing.’ Courier Mail ‘With his second novel, Charalambous delivers an exceptional war novel that reinterprets nationalist history.’ Australian Book Review
John Charalambous is the author of "Furies," which was shortlisted in 2004 for the Commonwealth Writer's Prize Best First Book (South East Asia and South Pacific region).