On Dangerous Ground uses fact and fiction to recreate the most dramatic moments of the Gallipoli campaign.
In 1915 Lt Roy Irwin goes missing at Gallipoli. The young woman who loves him and the men who fought beside him begin their search. In 1919, historian CEW Bean returns to Anzac Cove with artist George Lambert and soldier Harry Vickers to solve the greatest mystery of the campaign, to discover Gallipoli’s secret.
Forward to 2015, and Dr Mark Troy’s quest to preserve the peninsula from roadworks is sidetracked by political intervention and diplomatic intrigue. But a flirtation with a dynamic young woman from Army Intelligence uncovers long-forgotten documents protecting Gallipoli’s graves.
This eagerly awaited novel by one of Australia’s leading historians, recounts Gallipoli’s battle scenes with a page-turning energy as the author ultimately reminds us of the human cost of war.
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Commended – 2012 Fellowship of Australian Writers Christina Stead Award (fiction)
Like [Bruce] Scate’s rich and readable history-writing, his novel, On Dangerous Ground, is a labour of love…Readers will walk away, most preciously, with a Gallipoli they have not seen before.— The Canberra Times
This book is flawlessly investigated and moulded into a gripping account to enhance the understanding of what happened and what might yet happen as the centenary approaches…[Bruce] Scates can write and does so richly and evocatively.— Bonzer!
Suspenseful and theatrical, it lights up the Anzac war from angles not available to conventional history. What daring! The 1915 narrative is itself a tour de force.— Ken Inglis
A unique look at Gallipoli in all its tragedy, calamity and complexity. An eloquent and pacy narrative that will engross all readers who have any interest in this myth-founding event.— Tom Keneally