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The Lost Diggers - Ross Coulthart

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Published: 1st November 2012
For Ages: 11 - 14 years old
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During the First World War, thousands of Aussie diggers and other Allied troops passed through the French town of Vignacourt, two hours north of Paris. Many had their photographs taken by Louis and Antoinette Thuillier as souvenirs while they enjoyed a brief respite from the carnage of the Western Front.

For all too many, this was their last moment away from the lines before being sent to their deaths in battles that are now part of the mythology of Australian nationhood - Pozieres, Bullecourt, the Somme. The weariness and horror of battle is reflected in their eyes, but the photos also capture a sense of camaraderie, high spirits and even a soupçon of romance.

The Lost Diggers is the riveting detective story of the hunt across northern France for a rumoured treasure trove of antique glass photographic plates that led investigative journalist Ross Coulthart to an ancient metal chest in a dusty attic in a small farmhouse.

The nearly 4000 glass plates he and his team from Channel 7’s Sunday Night discovered are being hailed by experts as one of the most important First World War discoveries ever made.

But that was just the beginning. With meticulous research and the help of descendants, Ross Coulthart has been able to discover the stories behind many of the photos, of which more than 330 appear in the book.

Part thriller, part family history and part national archive, The Lost Diggers brings together these wonderful images and the amazing stories behind them.

The book will coincide with an exhibition of the photos at the Australian War Memorial, to run from 1 Nov 2012 to 31 July 2013. The AWM attracted more than 800,000 visitors during 2010-11.

About the Author

Ross Coulthart, one of Australia’s foremost investigative journalists, has won five Walkley journalism awards, including the prized Gold Walkley and a Logie. A law graduate, he has previously worked for The Sydney Morning Herald, The New Zealand Herald, ABC TV and Channel Nine.

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The Lost Diggers
 
4.8

(based on 25 reviews)

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  • Deeply informative (14)
  • Well written (13)
  • Broad appeal (11)
  • Easy to understand (11)
  • Unique interpretation (6)

Cons

  • Limited appeal (3)

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4.0

Stunning book

By sbs

from Ballarat

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Pros

  • Continually Relevant
  • Deeply Informative
  • Historically Important
  • Well Written

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Reference
    • Ww1 Interest

    Comments about The Lost Diggers:

    Book is beautifully presented and a poignant reminder of the humanity and sacrifices of WW1

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    5.0

    An amazing book

    By Diggers

    from Brisbane

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    • Continually Relevant
    • Deeply Informative

    Cons

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      • Gift
      • Reference

      Comments about The Lost Diggers:

      This book was an amazing capture of an era that could be quickly forgotten. I have shared it with myy students from ages 7 to 12. They found it inspirational. I love it.

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      5.0

      The Lost Diggers

      By History not lost

      from Far North QLD

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      • Unique Interpretation

      Cons

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        • Reference

        Comments about The Lost Diggers:

        Awesome resource, findings and just as a part of history.

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        5.0

        An Awesome read. Part of our history.

        By Stevie54

        from Dawesville, Western Australia

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        Pros

        • Broad Appeal
        • Deeply Informative
        • Easy To Understand
        • Well Written

        Cons

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          • Gift
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          Comments about The Lost Diggers:

          This is a book I am still in awe of. It is to be passed on down my family & I am so glad I stretched my budget to buy it.

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          5.0

          Well received Christmas present

          By Catherine K.

          from Country NSW

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          Pros

          • Broad Appeal
          • Easy To Understand
          • Great Photographs
          • Groundbreaking Research
          • Well Written

          Cons

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            • Gift
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            • Reference

            Comments about The Lost Diggers:

            This large book explores a unique discovery and does so exceptionally well.

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            5.0

            Could not put down

            By Pammy

            from Heyfield VIC

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            Pros

            • Deeply Informative

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Gift

              Comments about The Lost Diggers:

              Was given to my brother in law as a Christmas gift. I have been told that he loves it and cannot put it down.

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              5.0

              This is history .

              By Beb

              from Erskine. W.A.

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              • Broad Appeal
              • Groundbreaking Research
              • Well Written

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                Comments about The Lost Diggers:

                excellent delivery service product was well wrapped and arrived in very good order.

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                4.0

                Fabulous photos

                By Di

                from Wodonga

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                Pros

                • Broad Appeal
                • Deeply Informative

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                  • Older Readers
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                  Comments about The Lost Diggers:

                  The book sits on my coffee table for everyone to browse when they like.
                  A reflection of a time gone by.
                  The book is very large & heavy

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                  5.0

                  what a treasure!

                  By tink

                  from alkimos

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                  Pros

                  • Broad Appeal
                  • Deeply Informative
                  • Easy To Understand
                  • Well Written

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                    • Gift

                    Comments about The Lost Diggers:

                    The Lost Diggers book is a real treasure.
                    It brought smiles and also tears.
                    A truly beautiful book that captures the human side of war.

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                    4.0

                    Fantastic addition to the library

                    By Jpee

                    from Kerang

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                    Pros

                    • History

                    Cons

                    • Very Heavy Book

                    Best Uses

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                    Comments about The Lost Diggers:

                    What a lovely coffee table book full of photos. Would be a fantastic book to have in any home library. Very pleased with my purchase and it is something I pick up and then put down as time permits.

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                    ISBN: 9780732294618
                    ISBN-10: 0732294614
                    Audience: General
                    For Ages: 11 - 14 years old
                    For Grades: 7 - 9
                    Format: Hardcover
                    Language: English
                    Number Of Pages: 400
                    Published: 1st November 2012
                    Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (Australia) Pty Ltd
                    Dimensions (cm): 30.7 x 30.7  x 4.1
                    Weight (kg): 3.21