Mary Mann was inspired by her father’s experiences to write the book There Are No Enemies.
Mary Mann was inspired by her father’s experiences to write the book There Are No Enemies. Contributed

Soldier's daughter discusses war

MARY Mann's first memory of her father was on Anzac Day when she was four years old.

While Mary's father did not tell her a great deal about his experiences as a soldier in Gallipoli, she said she realised at an early age that her life's work would focus on understanding war and its causes.

The Rockhampton author, reverend and scholar said she persisted in asking her father about the First World War and he was her inspiration behind a play she wrote and her book Anzac to Understanding.

Mary described her new book There Are No Enemies as a book about the need for understanding "this unnecessary phenomenon called war".

She said her father viewed being an Anzac as a responsibility to preserve the peace of the world and he felt he had done his bit. But when the Second World War began he was disappointed.

Mary said that was when she realised war was not the answer.

She has explained more about herself and her books at maryanneetamann.com.



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