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The Day They Shot Edward

Wendy Scarfe

The Day They Shot Edward
It is 1916. The Australian community is riven over a referendum to conscript more troops for the killing fields of Europe. Nine-year-old Matthew's family, divided politically and sinking into poverty, reflects the social conflict. Handsome, generous Edward is at the centre of the family friction. Gran hates the war as Edward does, Mother flirts with him to escape the misery of her marriage, and young Matthew adores him.

As patriotic frenzy takes hold, police informers spy on Edward and track his anti-conscription activities. Sabotage and anarchism are meaningless words to Matthew. Absorbed in childhood fantasies, he is unaware that he too is helping draw the net around Edward. It is left to Matthew's German headmaster to teach him that, like music, people grow with love.

Praise for The Day They Shot Edward:
'A perfect little novella.' - Lisa Hill, ANZ Litlovers LitBlog

'Scarfe effectively shows the ideological clashes and real danger faced by Australians at home, and the differing responses of individual citizens.' - Kerryn Goldsworthy, Age

'A slim volume but vast in scope, The Day They Shot Edward is a novel that, at its heart, asks who the grownups really are. As we near the centenary of Armistice Day, we’ll be offered the same batch of mythic tropes of Anzac heroism and nation-blooding we’re served every year. Read this novel instead.' - Kim Kelly, Newtown Review of Books

'Scarfe's writing is poetic and allusive ... Physically slight, the novella raises emotional echoes that belie its small and very focused extent.' - Katherine England, Advertiser

Born in Adelaide, Wendy Scarfe graduated from Melbourne University and later trained as a secondary school teacher. For over four decades she has written poetry and novels in her own right, revealing her interest in history, political conflicts and social injustice. Her non-fiction works were written with her late husband, Allan Scarfe. Writing in Australian Literary Studies, Dr Katherine Bode commented that Wendy is 'an important and innovative contemporary author' whose books offer a 'difference'.

Wendy lives in Warrnambool. She has three daughters, a son and four grandchildren.

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Category Literature - Fiction
Format Paperback
Size 210 x 140 mm
ISBN 9781743055199
Extent 136 pages
Price: AU$24.95 including GST
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