• ISBN: (Paperback)9780522867572
  • ISBN: (E-Book)9780522867589
  • PUBLISHED:01/Apr/2015
  • IMPRINT:Melbourne University Press
  • SUBJECT:20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000

Watson's Pier

Joshua Funder

  • Paperback $32.99
  • E-Book $14.99

The story of the campaign that almost lost the Anzacs and the retreat that saved a nation.

'A remarkable re-creation'—Tom Keneally

Stan Watson was among the first ashore at Gallipoli on 25 April 1915, and survived battle, fear and disease to build the pier at Anzac Cove from which so many men later escaped. He faced what seemed like an impossible mission: to get every man out alive. Watson never claimed to be the last man to leave Gallipoli, but through to the very end he played his part and became a hero.
Sixty-two years to the day after he stepped away from that fatal shore, Watson took a slow train to visit his family for Christmas and decided to finally tell his life story.
A beautifully told mixture of fact and fiction, Watson's Pier traces not just one man's journey, but the history of a nation. It also challenges the historical record of what happened in the final moments at Anzac Cove. In doing so, it offers a new perspective on the meaning of Gallipoli.

'A great story sensitively told and carefully researched.'—Air Chief Marshal Sir Angus Houston AK, AFC (Ret'd)

About the author

Joshua Funder is Stanley Watson's great grandson and lives in Melbourne with his wife and two children.

Author links

The official website for Watson's Pier: http://www.watsonspier.com/

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