For Love of Country
Rating: 3.5 / 5
Anthony Hill’s tale is a true Australian family story of love, war and the ultimate sacrifice. It’s an unusual book that would have required much painstaking historical research, as it combines war history and a family saga, melded to create a novel that tells a true story.
Englishman Captain Walter Eddison moves his wife Marion and young family to Australia at the end of the First World War under the Solider Settlement Scheme, where soldiers were given leases on farmland, often with mixed success.
While he loved Australia, it wasn’t a land of milk and honey for Walter. More children are born here and grow up as little Australians, until the three sons hear the call of action in the Second World War and enlist, with tragic consequences. It does get bogged down by long descriptions of wartime experiences, but it’s worth staying with this family saga until the end.