Reader review: "strong voice for good and truth"

Some kind words from a reader of Watson's Pier - warm thanks to Michael:  I have just finished reading Watson’s Pier and I’m writing to say how much I admired it.  It is a very different way of doing history but it is extremely effective.  The book is quirky, rich,...

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South Sea Books

A summertime full house gathered at South Sea Books charged with a glass of wine to discuss Watson's Pier. More Recent...

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Address to Shrine of Remembrance 9/12/15

Some images & video below from Address to the Shrine of Remembrance on 9th December. "incredibly engaging and moving" Leigh Gilbert, Shrine of Remembrance.   Meaning of Lest We Forget | Josh Funder author of Watson's...

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Shared Stories launch

1200 students from around Victoria gathered to launch Remembering -  10th edition of the Shared Stories anthology.  I was proud to give the opening speech.  Many of the students stories touched on the centenary of Anzac and I was honoured to be asked to add my story...

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Clunes

Clunes resident Shayna Williams sitting down to champagne and Watson's Pier in the sunshine after we all met at the Clunes warehouse community centre in anticipation  of the centenary of the evacuation from Gallipoli. More Recent...

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Evacuation Centenary approaches

As the centenary of the evacuation of Gallipoli approaches, it was a revelation to receive a new form of manuscript by Watson.  Titled "Gallipoli: The Last Seven Days" the writing touches briefly on the disastrous landing and, in stark contrast, explains the specific...

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Gallipoli Oak (quercus coccifera)

One wet Melbourne night last week I joined a book club discussion of Watson's Pier.  The members had been meeting for almost twenty years and it was the first time they'd invited an author to attend.  In thanks they presented me with a Gallipoli Oak, native to the...

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Clunes Booktown Sunday Selection

This coming Sunday, 15th November, I will be talking at Clunes Booktown Sunday Selection from 2-3pm. It is a free event and more info can be found by clicking here. More Recent...

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Remembrance Day talk at Moonee Valley Libraries

Next Tuesday I have been invited by Moonee Valley Libraries to give their Remembrance Day talk and discuss Watson's Pier.  Tickets are free but places must be booked and can be done so by clicking here. "The greatest achievement of the otherwise disastrous Gallipoli...

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BBC History Extra: The myths of the battle of Gallipoli

The BBC History Magazine published a succinct challenge to some of the major myths of Gallipoli.  Gary Sheffield is right to label the Anzacs as "untried" prior to the landings on the peninsula and that inexperience surely cost.  His account of the myths is correct...

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Walkerville RSL

Walkerville RSL hosted Watson's Pier after the regular Friday luncheon.  The story of the local signals company's formation in Adelaide and its role in the evacuation of Gallipoli was new to many of the diggers present. More Recent...

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2015 Oxford Society SA Public Lecture

Watson's Pier had a homecoming to Adelaide where Watson grew up and where the 28th Divisional Signals Company was founded.  Many of Watson's grandchildren and other relatives attended the 2015 Oxford Society of South Australia public lecture at the Adelaide Naval and...

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Meeting with the nephews of Chips Both

I had the good fortune to meet nephews of Chips Both, who worked alongside Watson to maintain signals throughout the evacuation of Gallipoli.  Dudley Both (left) and Reg Jew standing in front of a photo of Chips Both riding at the head of a column of Sappers training...

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Reader review: Jennifer Cameron Smith (via Amazon)

Reader review of Watson's Pier by Jennifer Cameron-Smith via Amazon: Stanley Holm Watson (1887-1985) was one of the first ashore at Gallipoli on 25 April 1915, and amongst the last to leave on the night of the 19-20th December 2015. The withdrawal from Gallipoli used...

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Dedication to Brudenell White

It was interesting to see the dedication to Brudenell White in Buangor, the town and cemetery Stan Watson passes as he arrives in Melbourne for Christmas 1976 at the second page of Watson's Pier.  Lying in that cemetery was Brudenell White, architect of the evacuation...

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Melbourne Club Library Commitee

Some photos from Melbourne Club Library Committee last weekend. A full house gathered in the library for a discussion of Watson's Pier which continued over lunch and then tea in the gardens. Warm thanks to Richard Reed for co-ordinating the eventp with the boys. More...

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Ex Libris Port Fairy Writers Festival

It was a dazzling sunny weekend at Port Fairy for the Ex Libris Writers' Festival.  Kate Kennedy gave a superb talk at the festival dinner and I even managed to brace myself for a dip at the beach alongside the local football teams taking a post-match plunge.  After...

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Reader review: John Chalmers (via Amazon)

I finished reading Watson’s Pier, over Easter,-- fantastic read--could not put it down! Joshua Funder has managed to give a whole new perspective on the ANZAC story of Gallipoli, capturing both the huge and crass incompetence of the overall leadership and planning,...

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"A Different War" Bendigo Writer's Festival

Janet Butler, myself and Steve Kendall "A Different War" Bendigo Writers' Festival.  Remarkably, Janet's book "Kitty's War" tells the story of Sister Kit McNaughton who was a nurse waiting on the island of Lemnos in the winter of 1915...

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Bishop Phillip Huggins

“The book is a poignant telling of the suffering of Gallipoli, the astonishing evacuation and the aftermath in many lives.” Bishop Phillip Huggins 13 April 2015. More Recent Posts...

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Nick Richardson, Herald Sun 25th April 2015

Some words on Watson's Pier by Nick Richardson in the Herald Sun on 25th April 2015. “War’s Darkest Corners Beautifully Illuminated” “This is the classic instance of how the small story illuminates life’s darkest corners — our fears, the...

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Ex Libris Port Fairy Festival of Words

Looking forward to attending the Ex Libris Port Fairy Festival of Words on 13th September to discuss Watson's Pier. You can see the full program and find our more information by clicking the text above. More Recent Posts...

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Reader Message from Keith B.

A message received in June from a reader of Watson's Pier: Thank you Joshua, a very sensitive portrayal of an important story. You transported me to the cliffs of Gallipoli - I could feel the icy drops of water from the ceiling of the Keep...

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Queensland Oxford Alumni Trinity dinner

The Queensland Oxford Alumni Society gathered at Customs House in Brisbane for the annual Trinity dinner.  After drinks on the balcony and a hockey puck of beef we launched into a discussion of Watson's Pier.  I recalled the story of my...

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Message from reader David P

Dear Joshua,
I am ashamed to have overlooked writing to you about the book.
I read it from cover to cover on a plane travelling from Melbourne to Berlin back in May.

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Reader review: Dr G.D. Putt

A review of Watson's Pier from Amazon by Dr G.D. Putt: "Josh Funder's story of the evacuation of Gallipoli told through his great grandfather, Stanley Holm Watson, moved me profoundly. Here at last I can see something substantial, something truly worth celebrating...

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Almost True – Bendigo Writers Festival

"Almost True" with Adrian Mitchell and Penelope Curtain is the first of two appearances I will be making at Bendigo Writers Festival​.  Please come and join us on Saturday 8th August while we discuss mixing fact with fiction. Click above for more...

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The Razor Podcast

Sam Diamond is recording a series of extended interviews. His first was Peter Singer. I was honoured to be the second. https://soundcloud.com/the-razor-podcast/episode-4-joshua-funder

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Reader review: Marie J from Melbourne

Marie J from Melbourne sent me this message after reading Watson's Pier: "Today, Anzac Day, I finished reading "Watson's Pier" and feel moved to write to you. From the beginning I was completely absorbed in it and experienced such mixed emotions. Congratulations on...

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Stan Watson at Anzac reunion

Former serviceman Peter Sneddon sent through this photo of one of the last Anzac reunions attended by Stan Watson. Jim Bowen at the back right was like an adoptive grandfather to Peter. Note the caption stating Watson was the last man to leave Gallipoli is incorrect -...

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Pick of the Week: Fairfax Book Review

Watson's Pier was "Pick of the Week" among books from Australia and overseas reviewed by The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age.  The book focuses on the evacuation of Gallipoli and the review says "Funder vividly creates the scene and evokes the tension of the final...

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Star of the Sea College

A brief discussion of Watson's Pier at Star of the Sea College assembly was the only thing between 1200 girls and recess. Star of the Sea College school assembly listening to stories from Watson's...

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Beaumauris Books

I received this message and photo from the folks at Beaumauris Books:   Hi Joshua, It was lovely to meet you yesterday- thank you so much for popping in and for signing some copies of ‘Watson’s Pier’. Attached are some photos for you. Wishing you continued...

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Oxford Alumni Network "Post Work Panacea"

Tattered chairs, a raffish club and a long rainy trek down a dark lane on a winter's night didn't deter a terrific group gathering at the Henley Club for the first "Post Work Panacea" event where we had a terrific discussion of Watson's Pier. George Feast, convenor of...

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Herald Sun review 25th April 2015

This review was published in the Herald Sun on Anzac Day: This is built on the foundations of Funder’s great-grandfather, Stan Watson, and his extraordinary story at Gallipoli — how he helped build the pier that became vital to the Anzac effort and then, when the...

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Unshaven Officers of the 1st Division Signal Company

Watson had a bet with his commanding office Major Mackworth and some of his other comrades - who would grow the best beard by the time they got to Constantinople.  After only a couple of weeks at Gallipoli they realised the campaign was at a stalemate and they would...

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The Age 8th May 2015

The Age ran this article on Watson's Pier and the origin of the story last week.   Please click the text above to read the...

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Northern Daily Leader op-ed

In all the activity occurring around Anzac Day this op-ed in The Northern Daily Leader managed to go past without a mention.  Many thanks to the people in Tamworth for their support. Click above to read the...

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Photo from Dymocks Sydney

While I was in Sydney last month the folks at Dymock's in the CBD invited me to call in and sign a few copies of Watson's Pier. Thanks to everyone in the store.

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Reader review: Serge (via Amazon)

Joshua Funder has beautifully interwoven historic facts about one of the defining moments in Australia’s young history, with a recreation of events – vividly brought to life through the central character, Stanley Watson, the author’s great-grand father. Watson played a pivotal role in ensuring tens of thousands of Anzacs were evacuated from Gallipoli with no loss of life – an extraordinary outcome, given the impossible circumstances…

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Audio from 891 ABC Adelaide interview with Peter Goers

The ABC have very kindly provided the audio from my interview on "Evenings with Peter Goers" 891 ABC Adelaide, 22nd April 2015. You can hear this by clicking on the link above or via the player below. Some quotes from Peter Goers: "With all the attention on Anzac......

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Reader quote: Jo, Sydney, Australia

I’ve almost finished reading Watson’s Pier and there’s been nights where I’ve gone to bed a blubbering mess. One was around Stan’s trip to Gallipoli at age 89 and the coming together of the diggers (gives hope for peace), the other was around the still birth of baby Matilda (who would have been 100 today) and for some reason I can’t explain, the death of Fitzroy seemed especially cruel – possibly because he’d known so little love during his life…

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Triple M's Hot Breakfast audio

It has been a busy week with signings and radio appearances.  On Tuesday I joined Eddie Maguire for Triple M's Hot Breakfast. The player below will let you hear the audio from the interview between 25 and 33 minutes in, or try clicking the link above. listen to...

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This evening at 5pm I will be making a second appearance on 774 ABC Melbourne with Raf Epstein.  You can listen live by clicking here. My first appearance was on the 8th April, the audio from that interview is now below if you would like to listen. There is also a...

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Reading at The Bookshop at Queenscliff

Last weekend The Bookshop at Queenscliff organised a reading and discussion of Watson's Pier. While everyone in the audience nursed a glass of wine there was no horizontal surface on the lectern for the speaker to join the drinks. Questions from the audience covered a...

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Watson's Pier launch at State Library of Victoria

Last night Major General John Cantwell launched Watson's Pier at the State Library of Victoria.  General Cantwell had combat experience in Iraq in 1991 and again in 2006 and later led Australian forces in Afghanistan.  He suffered PTSD and wrote a raw and moving...

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Join us for the official launch of Watson's Pier in Melbourne

Would you like to join us for the official launch event for Watson's Pier in Melbourne next week? The event will take place at the State Library of Victoria on Tuesday 14th April and places are limited.  To attend simply leave your name and email address below and we...

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Welcome…

Welcome to the Watson's Pier website.  I was delighted to see Watson's Pier arrive in bookstores around Australia this week and dropped in on The Avenue and Hill of Content bookstores in Melbourne to sign some copies in the store.  Look out for the Watson's Pier...

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