Allison Marlow Paterson is an Australian Author who writes stories for children and adults.
Allison’s writing reflects her passion for the past. In addition to creating books for adults and picture books about growing up on the farm, she is the author of the ABIA and CBCA notable title Anzac Sons: Five Brothers on the Western Front.
Her 2018 release Australia Remembers: Anzac Day, Remembrance Day and War Memorials heralded a new non-fiction series, with the next – Customs and Traditions of the Australian Defence Force – arriving in 2021. Allison’s first novel for young adults – Follow After Me – was created while undertaking a May Gibbs Children’s Literature Trust Fellowship.
I Wonder is Allison’s latest picture book for children and is inspired by Australia’s beautiful beaches and her concern for the environment.
Allison is thrilled that in April, 2022 the updated edition of her 2014 adult title – Anzac Sons – will be rereleased as Anzac Sons: Mateship, Bravery and Sacrifice.
The Sunshine Coast is where Allison enjoys life as a writer, presenter and publishing consultant.
by Allison Marlow Paterson
The little wooden boat has been left behind in the sand dunes. Odd things pass it by, tumbling and floating into the ocean –
a chip packet, a takeaway cup and a plastic bag.
The little wooden boat wonders and worries . . .
Is it a forgotten thing? Is it just rubbish now?
Will it ever find a home again?
A powerful and timely tale of the small steps
we can take to care for our world.
Anzac Sons is composed from a collection of over 500 letters and postcards written by fivebrothers who served on the Western Front. From the training grounds of Victoria, Egypt and England, to the Western Front battlefields – Pozieres, Bullecourt, Messines, Menin Road, Passchendaele, Villers-Bretonneux and the battles of 1918 – this compelling true story was compiled by the granddaughter of one of two surviving brothers. She takes us on her journey as she walks in the footsteps of her ancestors.
This is a story of mateship, bravery and sacrifice; it is a heartbreaking account of a family torn apart by war. It is a pledge to never forget.
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