Synopsis: ‘Like many of his mates from the bush, Frank Ballantyne is keen to join the grand adventure and do his bit. Specially as a chest full of medals might impress the currently unimpressed parents of his childhood sweetheart. So Frank ups his age and volunteers with his horse Daisy ... and his dad.
In the deserts of Egypt and Palestine he experiences all the adventure he ever wanted, and a few things he wasn't expecting. Heartbreak, love and the chance to make the most important choice of his life.
From Gallipoli to the famous charge at Beersheba, through to the end of the war and its unforgettable aftermath, Frank's story grows out of some key moments in Australia's history.
They were loyal creatures, the men and horses of the Australian Light Horse, but war doesn't always pay heed to loyalty. This is the powerful story of a young man's journey towards his own kind of bravery.’
This is a story about a young man and his father going to fight in World War 1 by joining the Australian Light Horse Brigade, along with their own trusted steeds. It is also a story about friendship, between the young boy and his father, his new mates (the other soldiers in the brigade) and between a young boy and his horse.
While reading this book I couldn’t help but compare it to Michael Morpurgo’s ‘War Horse’. After I finished reading I discovered that this book was written for a workshop linked to the stage production of ‘War Horse’. Now I see why there were many similarities.
A good quick read, enjoyable, with many Australian slang and idioms lost among our language now.
If you enjoyed ‘War Horse’, you will enjoy ‘Loyal Creatures’.
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