One Minute's Silence by David Metzenthen

One Minute's Silence

Written by David Metzenthen
Illustrated by Michael Camilleri


One Minute's Silence by David Metzenthen

WINNER: 2015 Prime Minister's Literary Award, Children's Fiction WINNER: CBCA Book of the Year, Crichton Award for New Illustrators, 2015 HONOUR BOOK: CBCA Picture Book of the Year, 2015In one minute of silence you can imagine sprinting up the beach in Gallipoli in 1915 with the fierce fighting Diggers, but can you imagine standing beside the brave battling Turks as they defended their homeland from the cliffs above.In the silence that follows a war long gone, you can see what the soldiers saw, you can feel what the soldiers felt. And if you try, you might be able to imagine the enemy, and see that he is not so different from you.In One Minute's Silence, you are the story, and the story is yours - to imagine, remember and honour the brothers in arms on both sides of the conflict, heroes who shed their blood and lost their lives.A moving and powerful reflection on the meaning of Remembrance Day.


. . . a very moving and powerful reflection on the meaning of Remembrance Day, which is brought to life by Michael Camilleri's incredible pencil drawings. Literacy, Families and Learning blog

About the Author

David Metzenthen lives in and loves Melbourne. He was an advertising copywriter and a builder's labourer before turning to fiction. He tries to surf, fly-fish, and is a keen environmentalist. The natural world is where he likes to spend his time, and he endeavours to write books that are thoughtful and well-crafted. David is married to Fiona, has two children, two parrots, and a good Irish Terrier dog.Michael Camilleri is a Melbourne artist who creates books, comics and visual theatre. His illustration work features in The Devil You Know by Leonie Norrington and on the album art and accompanying picture book for Martin Martini's Vienna 1913. He lives with his partner Katherine and their son Ruben. You can visit him at

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48 pages


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Murdoch Books

Publication date

1st August 2014



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