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The Price of Valour

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  23 ratings  ·  8 reviews
From the bestselling author of Goodbye Cobber, God Bless You and Gallipoli Sniper.When Hugo Throssell joined the 10th Light Horse Regiment in 1914, soon after the outbreak of the First World War, he was emblematic of the young Australian nation at that time: full of youth, vigour, courage and idealism. These traits were to see him awarded a Victoria Cross after the savage ...more
ebook, 416 pages
Published September 1st 2012 by Macmillan Australia
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Romayne Saunders
Jan 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
I found this a very touching story of an extraordinary man who had won a Victoria Cross for his deeds at Gallipoli during WW1. He struggled valiantly to resume an normal live afterwards but was physically and emotionally scarred by his war experiences. The lives of his wife and son were massively impacted by Hugo Throssell's depression. It was sad to learn that his grave is not being maintained properly and the headstone only bears fading letters. Surely he deserves better than that given his co ...more
Ishmael Soledad
Jan 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is probably the saddest book I've read this year. I'm no warmonger and take no delight in the war hero type, but the depiction of Gallipoli was horrific, as was the post war trajectory of Hugo Throssell himself.

Perhaps this is simply an archetype of what happens to returned servicemen in general.

Hamilton's book is accessible and a good read; and of course there's bias in it but where isn't there? And no book can ever unravel a man fully, not at this remove of time.
Allan Sparkes
Jul 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I have had a deep interest in World War 1 and the Light Horse Brigade. My grandfather was a member of the Light Horse and his name appears on the list of those who were believed to have taken part in the infamous last cavalry charge in the battle of Beersheba. The description of the battles in this book are some of the best I have read. The bravery of Hugo Throssell VC is extraordinary and it is a humbling experience to read of his exploits. It is a sad experience however, to read of his demise ...more
Andrea
Oct 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
A very readable account of the life of Australian Victory Cross awardee, Throssell who married author Katharine Susannah Pritchard. Great Aussie account of the period leading up to World War I and the period beyond. Another contemporary viewpoint on the Anzac myth, pertinent to Australian and NZ middle-schoolers and beyond. It got me in.
Shaun Major
Oct 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hamilton writes with the easy but engaging style of the journalist that he once was, & once again he has a remarkable tale to tell; this time with a true journalistic scoop.

Seeing the author launch the book in Throssell's home town of Northam you could hear the passion he felt about his subject. A very worthy attempt to restore the reputation of a man who should still be a hero today!
Steve Dunn
Jan 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
I would rate this 'good book go read' the book is sad but i was left with a feeling of satisfaction that I got to read this brave mans story.. not only Hugos tale but that too of his wife Katherine Pritchard, definately a woman before her time.. good book.. go read :)
Mick Maye
Dec 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Fascinating book on a complex character. Well written and engaging through-out. Felt a little short in length so I suppose that means it hit the mark. The coverage of the Palestine campaign after the death of his brother was sparse. The events after the war were tragic.
Overall a good read.
Duane Nurse
Jul 07, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not only a fascinating read into Throssell's life, but an interesting illustration of Western Australia during the 1900's. We'll written and tragic (and I made than Acknowledgements list!).
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Born in England and migrated to Western Australia with his family at the age of eight. He has been a reporter and foreign correspondent for more than 30 years. He was White House Correspondent and Chief Correspondent and European Editor for the Herald and Weekly Times group of newspapers.
He won the Walkley two y
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