Paul Byrnes on The Lost Boys of WWI

Yarra Plenty Regional Library

Event Date: 
18 November 2019
Author / Presenters: 
Paul Byrnes

Ivanhoe Library

6.00pm - 7.00pm

The Lost Boys tells the incredibly powerful and moving stories of the ANZAC kids who lied about their age to fight in World War I – a unique and deeply personal side of history told for the first time more than one hundred years on.

In the First World War of 1914–1918, thousands of boys across Australia and New Zealand lied about their age, forged a parent’s signature and left to fight on the other side of the world. Though some were as young as thirteen, they soon found they could die as well as any man. Like Peter Pan’s lost boys, they have remained forever young.

A unique perspective on the First World War, The Lost Boys is military history made deeply personal, a
powerful homage to youthful bravery and a poignant reminder of the horror of war.

Paul Byrnes joined The Sydney Morning Herald in 1976, reporting from various corners of the world for a
decade, before specialising as a feature writer and film critic. He was director of the Sydney Film Festival
for ten years, until 1998. In 2007, he won the Pascall Prize, Australia’s highest award for critical writing in
the arts. This book is the result of a lifelong interest in the First World War. He lives in Australia and France.