Ross McMullin is an award-winning biographer and historian. His new book is Pompey Elliott at War: In His Own Words. Pompey Elliott was Australia’s most famous fighting general in World War I. Now, with this book, Pompey has also become the creator of the most riveting Australian personal narrative of that conflict.
Pompey Elliott was particularly prominent in the climax of the war 100 years ago. No one was more pivotal in the stunning counter-attack at Villers-Bretonneux in April 1918. Australians were influencing the destiny of the world in 1918 more than in any other year before or since, and Pompey Elliott was front and centre in these dramatic events.
Ross’s previous book Farewell, Dear People: Biographies of Australia’s Lost Generation was awarded the Prime Minister’s Prize for Australian History and the National Cultural Award. His 2002 biography Pompey Elliott won awards for both literature and biography. Another biography of his, Will Dyson: Australia’s Radical Genius, was highly commended by the judges of the National Biography Award.
His other previous books include the ALP centenary history The Light on the Hill: The Australian Labor Party 1891-1991, and another political history So Monstrous a Travesty: Chris Watson and The World’s First National Labour Government.