Tag: a novel

Author:   Barry Heard
Publisher:   Scribe Publications
Edition:   New edition
ISBN:  

9781922247186


Pages:   384
Publication Date:   05 December 2013
Format:   Paperback
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As a lad in the high country of eastern Victoria, Tag Wardell shows an extraordinary gift with animals: he is followed to school by his pets; his rapport with his horse becomes the talk of the district; and he even manages to befriend a mob of brumbies during an adventure with his schoolmates in the Dargo high plains. Later, when he becomes a blacksmith, locals come to watch him at work, amazed at his ability to calm the meanest of nags. But 1914 brings war, and the government's patriotic fervour entices Tag and his mates to join the Light Horse Brigade. For Tag, war begins as an adventure. On the convoy to Egypt, he is quickly singled out to help the distressed horses. Then, while on leave in Cairo, he meets Jill, a nurse, but their brief romance is cut short as Gallipoli looms. Tag's life spirals into one of survival in the day-to-day madness of the trenches. Barry Heard has produced a deeply moving, fiercely anti-war novel that blazes with authenticity.

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Author:   Barry Heard
Publisher:   Scribe Publications
Imprint:   Scribe Publications
Edition:   New edition
Dimensions:   Width: 12.90cm , Height: 2.80cm , Length: 19.80cm
Weight:   0.358kg
ISBN:  

9781922247186


ISBN 10:   1922247189
Pages:   384
Publication Date:   05 December 2013
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In Print   Availability explained
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'The book is a bush tale, a family saga, a romance, and a war epic - simply but powerfully told.' Armidale Express 'This is a poignant, anti-war story which pulls no punches, describing the shellshock and depression which was the legacy of many World War I veterans, including the valiant nurses.' Courier Mail 'Heard made me forget that Tag was a novel. With all its mayhem, madness, appalling carnage and war time love, I felt like I was in the trenches of Gallipoli and the Western Front with Tag, Tiger, Bucket and Golly. Heard brings the reader to a deeper level of understanding of the exceptional work our diggers did under a great deal of stress, both physically and emotionally.' -- Gordon Trail Peacekeepers Association


'This is a poignant, anti-war story which pulls no punches, describing the shellshock and depression which was the legacy of many World War I veterans, including the valiant nurses.' - Courier Mail 'The book is a bush tale, a family saga, a romance, and a war epic - simply but powerfully told.' - Armidale Express 'Heard made me forget that _Tag_ was a novel. With all its mayhem, madness, appalling carnage and war time love, I felt like I was in the trenches of Gallipoli and the Western Front with Tag, Tiger, Bucket and Golly. Heard brings the reader to a deeper level of understanding of the exceptional work our diggers did under a great deal of stress, both physically and emotionally.' - Gordon Trail, Peacekeepers Association


Author Information

Barry Heard was conscripted in Australia's first national-service ballot, and served in Vietnam as an infantryman and radio operator. After completing his national service, he returned home, where he found himself unable to settle down. He had ten different jobs in his first ten years back, worked as a teacher for a further ten years, and then held several mid-managerial posts before succumbing to a devastating breakdown due to severe post-traumatic stress disorder. Since recovering, Barry has decided to concentrate on his writing. His short stories have received several prizes, including the Sir Edmund Herring Memorial Award and the Sir Weary Dunlop Prize. Barry's books include the bestselling memoir Well Done, Those Men, its prequel, The View from Connor's Hill, and the World War I novel Tag. He lives with his family in rural Victoria.

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