Staff Reviews

Watson's Pier

Watson's Pier

By Joshua Funder

“ Grand mistakes, chaos, sacrifice and character... ”

Watson's Pier is a beautifully told story of the Gallipoli campaign of WW1 and the men involved. Written by Joshua Funder, it draws on his great grandfather's oral and written accounts, as well as official war records.

It paints a picture of grand mistakes, chaos, sacrifice and character as our troops are involved in a campaign that almost obliterated the ANZACs and the retreat that saved a nation. Watson was an engineer and his design, construction and use of a pier was audacious and carried out under great duress. To successfully get all the retreating troops out was a miracle. I learned a lot in this engrossing read. Come and meet the author at the Literature Festival Year 11/12 day.

Reviewed by Mr P. Hillman (Head of Library)