General Sir Peter Cosgrove ‘in conversation’
Frankston City Libraries
General Sir Peter Cosgrove AK, CVO, MC is one of Australia's most significant public figures. As a soldier he saw action in Vietnam, winning the Military Cross, and rose to the very top of his profession, becoming Chief of the Defence Force. Soon after his retirement from the Army, he was invited to take charge of the huge relief and rebuilding operation in Queensland after the devastation of Cyclone Larry.
In 2014, Cosgrave became Australia’s Governor General. As Governor General he travelled far and wide, supporting Australians in times of crisis, sadness, joy and celebration, representing us on the world stage with humour, intelligence and a force of personal magnetism that was felt by everyone from The Queen to US Presidents.
When he retired in July 2019, it was as one of the most beloved and respected Governors General in Australia’s history. Cosgrove represents the traits we truly value: warmth, humanity, toughness and loyalty. His humour and empathy shone through the pomp and ceremony, and his time as Governor General will be remembered as much for his laughter as for the usual dignities of the office.
This book is the memoir of his extraordinarily full and eventful life, covering some of the military life that featured in his 2006 bestseller, My Story, but in a way that reflects how his perspective has since changed – whilst also allowing us an incredible insight into the role and world of Australia’s Governor General. Every step of his journey has been accompanied by his wife Lynne – who is very much part of his story.
Cosgrove was there as two Prime Ministers were topped by their own party. He was there through disasters both natural and man-made, such as the destruction of MH17. He was there for world leaders, and for ordinary Australians. This book is the story of his life and experiences, written with intelligence, forthrightness, compassion, and a brilliant eye for a telling anecdote.
Frankston City Libraries and Mornington Peninsula Library Service are proud to present General Sir Peter Cosgrove ‘in conversation’ on Monday 9 November at 6pm.
Numbers are limited for this free virtual event and bookings are essential.
Attendees registered have the opportunity to submit their questions for Cosgrove and will also receive an exclusive link via email to purchase signed copies of General Sir Peter Cosgrove’s new memoir, You shouldn’t have joined.
General Sir Peter Cosgrove 'in conversation'
Monday 9 November at 6pm