I recently enjoyed reading the two following books for the book discussion group I belong to. Both are by Australian authors, and both of were long listed for this year’s Miles Franklin Award, but neither made the short list. However, that doesn’t diminish their stature, and both relate to the impact of WorldWar I on our newly independent nation. Although ‘independent’, Australia was still part of The British Empire, and as such rushed to support the allied war effort by supplying troops representing a large percentage of our young men. That war was brutal leading to people feeling it must be the war to end wars. It didn’t of course.