Shortlist year: 
2010
Shortlist category: 
Non-fiction
Published by: 
Penguin Random House (Viking)

About the book

Book cover - The Ghost at the Wedding by Shirley Walker

The young men who worked in the cane fields of northern New south Wales in 1914 couldn’t wait to set off for the adventure of war. The women coped as best they could, raised the children and lived in fear of an official telegram. They grieved for those killed, and learnt of worse things than death in combat.

The Ghost of the Wedding chronicles events from both sides of war: the horror of the battlefields and the women left at home. Walker’s depictions of those are grittily accurate, their reverberations haunting.