Shortlist year: 
2020
Shortlist category: 
Australian history
Published by: 
Hardie Grant Books

About the book

'The Oarsmen: The Remarkable Story of the Men Who Rowed from the Great War to Peace' by Scott Patterson

'The Oarsmen' tells the story of the servicemen who survived the war to row for the coveted King's Cup at the 1919 Royal Henley Peace Regatta. Combining first-hand accounts with lively prose, this never-before-told story approaches the First World War from peacetime and illuminates history in vivid and compelling detail. Interweaving the soldiers' personal stories from before, during and after the war, 'The Oarsmen' paints a fascinating picture of how these men, and society, transitioned from an unprecedented war to a new sort of peace.