Glass Soldier: Not all of him shall die
- ISBN-13: 9781925520538
- Publisher/Imprint: BIG SKY PUBLISHING
- Author: Farrands, Don
- Price: AUD 34.99
- Stock: 1541 in stock
- Availability: Order will be despatched as soon as possible.
- Local release date: 20/07/2017
- Format: Hardback (230mm X 155mm) 324 pages Weight: 740g
- Categories: Military history [HBW]
This is the true story of a young Australian soldier whose life of opportunity was challenged by trauma and salvaged by strength.
Nelson Ferguson, from Ballarat, was a stretcher-bearer on the Western Front in France in World War I. He survived the dangers of stretcher-bearing in some of Australias most horrific battles: the Somme, Bullecourt, Ypres and Villers-Bretonneux. In April 1918, at Villers-Bretonneux, he was severely gassed. His eyes were traumatised, his lungs damaged.
Upon his return home, he met and married Madeline, the love of his life, started a family, and resumed his career teaching art. But eventually the effects of the mustard gas claimed his eyesight, ending his career. Courageously enduring this consequence of war, he continued contributing to society by assisting his son and son-in-law in their stained-glass window business. Advances in medicine finally restored his sight in 1968, allowing him to yet again appreciate the beauty around him, before his death in 1976.
The story of this Anzac will stir your soul. It is a story of war and bravery, pain and strength, hope and miracles.
“remarkable…. deeply personal” Barry Jones AC
“extremely moving, vivid, and highly informative” Nigel Westlake (Australian composer)
- Will attract a very wide readership and is released in time for Fathers Day
- This book has already been adapted into a play by the Melbourne Theatre Company.
- The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra have also created a 14 song musical tribute recording.
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