An Anzac Tale

by Ruth Starke

Illustrated by Greg Holfeld

On Sale: 18/03/2019


About the Book

'An extraordinary and original work on Gallipoli and the ANZAC campaign'
- Readings

With the outbreak of war in 1914, best friends Wally and Roy, and new mate Tom, are among the first to enlist.

But their great adventure soon turns to disaster. The day after the landing at Anzac Cove on 25 April 1915, more than 2000 of their fellow Anzacs are dead and the bold attempt by the Allied commanders to knock the Turks out of the war becomes a stalemate.

As the Gallipoli campaign drags on, Wally, Roy and Tom find themselves locked in combat with a formidable enemy, a ferocious landscape, flies, fleas, cold and disease.

An Anzac Tale is a beautiful and thought-provoking graphic novel that skilfully introduces the events of the Gallipoli campaign.


'Well-crafted, emotionally charged panels create a cinematic experience.' - Magpies

'Phenomenally good. It's a cracker!' - Tom Jellett

'An Anzac Tale stands out as a work of art and a dedication to our fallen heroes. This fresh approach to the traditional Anzac story is sure to pique the interest of young readers...' - The Age

'...a meticulously researched and presented graphic picture book that possesses the unique duality of being both breathtakingly beautiful, and poignantly tragic.' - Dimity Powell

' impressive book...a thought-provoking, highly accessible, and graphically striking interpretation of the Anzac legend.' - Australian Book Review

'In this graphic novel, Ruth Starke and Greg Holfeld have combined to create an extraordinary and original work for upper primary students on the subject of Gallipoli and the Anzac campaign.' - Readings

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9781921504549
  • ISBN 10: 1921504544
  • Imprint: Working Title Press - AU
  • On Sale: 18/03/2019
  • Pages: 72
  • List Price: 19.99 AUD
  • Age: From 7 years
  • BISAC1: JUVENILE FICTION / Historical / Military & Wars


Ruth Starke is one of SA's most successful children's writers, with over 20 titles published since she began writing in 1992. Many of them have won or been shortlisted for national awards, including the much acclaimed NIPS XI (CBC Honour Book), Orphans of the Queen (shortlisted for both the 2005 NSW and Queensland Premiers' Awards); Stella by the Sea (shortlisted for both the CBC Younger Book of the Year and the Queensland. Premier's Award) and Noodle Pie (winner of the Book of the Year Award Speech Pathology Australia). Armistice is a companion to her award winning 2015 title, My Gallipoli which won the 2015 NSW Premier's Young People's History Prize.

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Greg Holfeld was born in Canada and moved to Adelaide in 1991 after several years of travelling and country-hopping. He has spent much of his career as an animator and cartoonist. In between directing and producing his own animated films, he works as a freelance animator with an Adelaide production house, and a book illustrator. He has illustratedover 35 titles, including The Perfect Pet, Wolf's Sunday Dinner, You Must Be Joking, Captain Congo and the Crocodile King, Captain Congo and the Maharaja's Monkey and Captain Congo and the Klondike Gold.

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