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FitzSimons, Peter

Overview
Works: 200 works in 715 publications in 3 languages and 9,354 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Anecdotes  Military history  Biographies  Humor  Juvenile works  Historical fiction  Fiction  Personal narratives 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, Narrator, Other
Classifications: LB1139.23, 371.2101
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Philosophy of early childhood education : transforming narratives( Book )

6 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 390 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book provides an insightful reflection on contemporary issues & theories underpinning early childhood education. The essays, penned by an international group of educators, are both critical & transformative, offering new insights on the practices & policies within early childhood education
Tobruk by Peter FitzSimons( Book )

19 editions published between 2003 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 378 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Australian Imperial Force was sent to defend and hold Tobruk in the Second World War in 1941 against the German Afrika Korps. Drawing on extensive source material such as letters and diaries
Kokoda by Peter FitzSimons( Book )

19 editions published between 2003 and 2016 in English and Undetermined and held by 374 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Storm clouds gather - Battle stations - Mud, mosquitoes, malaria and monotony - Sweating it out - Dynamic duo - Up the bloody track - Attack! - Strike-back! - Holding on - A weary way to go ... - The Battle of Isurava - Gumption, guts and glory - Falling back - The Battle of Brigade Hill - The tide turns - To the bitter end
Gallipoli by Peter FitzSimons( Book )

14 editions published between 2014 and 2017 in English and held by 340 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On 25 April 1915, Allied forces landed on the Gallipoli Peninsula in present-day Turkey to secure the sea route between Britain and France in the west and Russia in the east. After eight months of terrible fighting, they would fail. Turkey regards the victory to this day as a defining moment in its history, a heroic last stand in the defence of the nation's Ottoman Empire. But, counter-intuitively, it would signify something perhaps even greater for the defeated Australians and New Zealanders involved: the birth of their countries' sense of nationhood. Now approaching its centenary, the Gallipoli campaign, commemorated each year on Anzac Day, reverberates with importance as the origin and symbol of Australian and New Zealand identity. As such, the facts of the battle, which was minor against the scale of the First World War and cost less than a sixth of the Australian deaths on the Western Front, are often forgotten or obscured. Peter FitzSimons, with his trademark vibrancy and expert melding of writing and research, recreates the disaster as experienced by those who endured it or perished in the attempt
Eureka : the unfinished revolution by Peter FitzSimons( Book )

13 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and held by 300 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Eureka Stockade ... In 1854, Victorian miners fought a deadly battle under the flag of the Southern Cross at the Eureka Stockade. Though brief and doomed to fail, the battle is legend in both our history and in the Australian mind. In his inimitable style, Peter FitzSimons brings to life Australian legends on both sides of the rebellion
Nancy Wake : a biography of our greatest war heroine by Peter FitzSimons( Book )

22 editions published between 2001 and 2017 in English and Undetermined and held by 293 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the early 1930s, Nancy Wake was a young bohemian enjoying life in Paris, but then she witnessed a horrific scene of Nazi violence in Vienna. Using her high-society life in Marseille she created a highly successful escape network for the allied soldiers. By the end of the Second World War she was the Gestapo's most wanted person
Charles Kingsford Smith and those magnificent men by Peter FitzSimons( Book )

15 editions published between 2008 and 2017 in English and held by 246 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This comprehensive biography, written with typical flair by bestselling author Peter Fitzsimons, covers the triumphs and tragedies of not only Kingsford Smith's daring and controversial life but also of his companion aviators
Gotta love this country! : great stories from around Australia to lift your heart, make you laugh and puff out your chest by Peter FitzSimons( Book )

8 editions published between 2015 and 2017 in English and held by 232 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

You gotta love this country when an AFL legend takes his mum instead of his girlfriend to the Brownlow, when an Australian cricket captain joins a bunch of fourteen year olds for a bit of street cricket, when a bloke wins the Australian Marbles Championship after being reunited with the tom-bowlers his brother threw away forty years ago, and when the dry cleaner down the road is called Drop Your Pants ... Peter FitzSimons celebrates the good, the generous, the kind and the downright strange in this hilarious and heart- warming collection of stories from daily life and grassroots sporting fields around the country. It's enough for you to puff out your chest and say, Gotta Love This Country!
Mutiny on the Bounty by Peter FitzSimons( Book )

10 editions published between 2018 and 2019 in English and held by 213 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The mutiny on HMS Bounty, in the South Pacific on 28 April 1789, is one of history's truly great stories - a tale of human drama, intrigue and adventure of the highest order - and in the hands of Peter FitzSimons it comes to life as never before. Commissioned by the Royal Navy to collect breadfruit plants from Tahiti and take them to the West Indies, the Bounty's crew found themselves in a tropical paradise. Five months later, they did not want to leave. Under the leadership of Fletcher Christian most of the crew mutinied soon after sailing from Tahiti, setting Captain William Bligh and 18 loyal crewmen adrift in a small open boat. In one of history's great feats of seamanship, Bligh navigated this tiny vessel for 3618 nautical miles to Timor. Fletcher Christian and the mutineers sailed back to Tahiti, where most remained and were later tried for mutiny. But Christian, along with eight fellow mutineers and some Tahitian men and women, sailed off into the unknown, eventually discovering the isolated Pitcairn Island - at the time not even marked on British maps - and settling there. This astonishing story is historical adventure at its very best, encompassing the mutiny, Bligh's monumental achievement in navigating to safety, and Fletcher Christian and the mutineers' own epic journey from the sensual paradise of Tahiti to the outpost of Pitcairn Island. The mutineers' descendants live on Pitcairn to this day, amid swirling stories and rumours of past sexual transgressions and present-day repercussions. Mutiny on the Bounty is a sprawling, dramatic tale of intrigue, bravery and sheer boldness, told with the accuracy of historical detail and total command of story that are Peter FitzSimons' trademarks
Burke & Wills : the triumph and tragedy of Australia's most famous explorers by Peter FitzSimons( Book )

9 editions published between 2017 and 2019 in English and held by 203 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

'They have left here today!' he calls to the others. When King puts his hand down above the ashes of the fire, it is to find it still hot. There is even a tiny flame flickering from the end of one log. They must have left just hours ago. MELBOURNE, 20 AUGUST 1860. In an ambitious quest to be the first Europeans to cross the harsh Australian continent, the Victorian Exploring Expedition sets off, farewelled by 15,000 cheering well-wishers. Led by Robert O'Hara Burke, a brave man totally lacking in the bush skills necessary for his task; surveyor and meteorologist William Wills; and 17 others, the expedition took 20 tons of equipment carried on six wagons, 23 horses and 26 camels. Almost immediately plagued by disputes and sackings, the expeditioners battled the extremes of the Australian landscape and weather: its deserts, the boggy mangrove swamps of the Gulf, the searing heat and flooding rains. Food ran short and, unable to live off the land, the men nevertheless mostly spurned the offers of help from the local Indigenous people. In desperation, leaving the rest of the party at the expedition's depot on Coopers Creek, Burke, Wills and John King made a dash for the Gulf in December 1860. Bad luck and bad management would see them miss by just hours a rendezvous back at Coopers Creek, leaving them stranded in the wilderness with practically no supplies. Only King survived to tell the tale. Yet, despite their tragic fates, the names of Burke and Wills have become synonymous with perseverance and bravery in the face of overwhelming odds. They live on in our nation's history - and their story remains immediate and compelling
Batavia by Peter FitzSimons( Book )

3 editions published between 2010 and 2012 in English and held by 198 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

It is no surprise that the barbarity and evil that came in the wake of the wreck of the Batavia has inspired books, radio and TV documentaries, plays and an opera. Lust, jealously, greed, madness, deception, rape, murder - all the classic ingredients conspire in the Batavia story to produce a scenario that is truly frightening
The ballad of Les Darcy by Peter FitzSimons( Book )

6 editions published between 2003 and 2014 in English and French and held by 198 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Les Darcy (31 October 1895 - 24 May 1917) was an Australian boxer. Though he was a middleweight, he held both the Australian Heavyweight & Middleweight Championship titles in 1916
Fromelles & Poziéres : in the trenches of hell by Peter FitzSimons( Book )

10 editions published between 2015 and 2017 in English and held by 197 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On 19 July 1916, 7000 Australian soldiers -- in the first major action of the AIF on the Western Front -- attacked entrenched German positions at Fromelles, in northern France. By the next day, no fewer than 5500 were wounded and just under 1900 were dead -- a bloodbath that the Australian War Memorial describes as 'the worst 24 hours in Australia's entire history'. Just days later, three Australian Divisions attacked German positions at nearby Pozières, and over the next six weeks they suffered another 23,000 casualties. Of that bitter battle, the great Australian war correspondent Charles Bean would write, 'The field of Pozières is more consecrated by Australian fighting and more hallowed by Australian blood than any field which has ever existed ... ' Yet the sad truth is that, nearly a century on from those battles, Australians know only a fraction of what occurred. This book brings the battles back to life and puts the reader in the moment, illustrating both the heroism displayed and the insanity of the British plan. With his extraordinary vigour and commitment to research, Peter FitzSimons shows why this is a story about which all Australians can be proud. And angry
Victory at Villers-Bretonneux : why a French town will never forget the Anzacs by Peter FitzSimons( Book )

9 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and held by 191 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

It's early 1918, and after four brutal years, the fate of the Great War hangs in the balance. On the one hand, the fact that Vladimir Lenin and the Bolsheviks have seized power in Russia - immediately suing for peace with Germany - means that no fewer than one million of the Kaiser's soldiers can now be transferred from there to the Western Front. On the other, now that America has entered the war, it means that two million American soldiers are also on their way, to tip the scales of war to the Allies. The Germans, realising that their only hope is striking at the Allied lines first, do exactly that, and on the morning of 21 March 1918, the Kaiserschlacht, the Kaiser's battle, is launched - the biggest set-piece battle the world has ever seen. Across a 45-mile front, no fewer than two million German soldiers hurl themselves at the Allied lines, with the specific intention of splitting the British and French forces, and driving all the way through to the town of Villers-Bretonneux, at which point their artillery will be able to rain down shells on the key train-hub town of Amiens, thus throttling the Allied supply lines. For nigh on two weeks, the plan works brilliantly, and the Germans are able to advance without check, as the exhausted British troops flee before them, together with tens of thousands of French refugees. In desperation, the British commander, General Douglas Haig, calls upon the Australian soldiers to stop the German advance, and save Villers-Bretonneux. If the Australians can hold this, the very gate to Amiens, then the Germans will not win the war. 'It's up to us, then, ' one of the Diggers writes in his diary. Arriving at Villers-Bretonneux just in time, the Australians are indeed able to hold off the Germans, launching a vicious counterattack that hurls the Germans back the first time. And then, on Anzac Day 1918, when the town falls after all to the British defenders, it is again the Australians who are called on to save the day, the town, and the entire battle. Not for nothing does the primary school at Villers-Bretonneux have above every blackboard, to this day, 'N'oublions jamais, l'Australie.' Never forget Australia. And they never have
Mawson : and the ice men of the heroic age : Scott, Shackleton and Amundsen by Peter FitzSimons( Book )

15 editions published between 2010 and 2015 in English and held by 183 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Douglas Mawson was an Australian original, a great polar explorer in the Heroic Age of Polar Exploration. This book focuses on Mawson's extraordinary feats in Antarctica, in tandem with the giants of the age, Scott of the Antarctic, Sir Ernest Shackleton and Roald Amundsen
Ned Kelly by Peter FitzSimons( Book )

11 editions published between 2013 and 2016 in English and held by 164 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Love him or loathe him, Ned Kelly has been at the heart of Australian culture and identity since he and his gang were tracked down in bushland by the Victorian police and came out fighting, dressed in bulletproof iron armour made from farmers' ploughs. History comes to life with Peter Fitzsimons
Ned Kelly : the story of Australia's most notorious legend by Peter FitzSimons( Book )

6 editions published between 2013 and 2016 in English and held by 152 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Love him or loathe him, Ned Kelly has been at the heart of Australian culture and identity since he and his gang were tracked down in bushland by the Victorian police and came out fighting, dressed in bulletproof iron armour made from farmers' ploughs. Historians still disagree over virtually every aspect of the eldest Kelly boy's brushes with the law. Did he or did he not shoot Constable Fitzpatrick at their family home? Was he a lawless thug or a noble Robin Hood, a remorseless killer or a crusader against oppression and discrimination? Was he even a political revolutionary, an Australian republican channelling the spirit of Eureka? Peter FitzSimons, bestselling chronicler of many of the great defining moments and people of this nation's history, is the perfect person to tell this most iconic of all Australian stories. From Kelly's early days in Beveridge, Victoria, in the mid-1800s, to the Felons' Apprehension Act, which made it possible for anyone to shoot the Kelly gang, to Ned's appearance in his now-famous armour, prompting the shocked and bewildered police to exclaim 'He is the devil!' and 'He is the bunyip!', FitzSimons brings the history of Ned Kelly and his gang exuberantly to life, weighing in on all of the myths, legends and controversies generated by this compelling and divisive Irish-Australian rebel
Seriously... you have to laugh : great yarns and tall tales from the sporting fields, dressing rooms and commentary boxes of Australia by Peter FitzSimons( Book )

10 editions published between 2016 and 2018 in English and held by 150 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Putting his unique spin on our sporting life, Peter FitzSimons celebrates the tall tales and true, the outrageous yarns and the knockabout humour from the footy fields, cricket grounds, dressing rooms, bars and commentary boxes of Australia. From the clever sledges behind the bales and the goalposts to the quick wit of lounge room commentators and the ever so slightly exaggerated tales of holes in one and other great sporting feats, comes this collection of wicked tales, killer quotes and puffed up stories of sporting prowess that it will make you chuckle, roll your eyes and say, 'Seriously...you have to laugh'!
How hemlines predict the economy : explanations, rationalizations, and theories on everything by Peter FitzSimons( )

2 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 149 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Collection of theories, conundrums, and observations made since last night's lively happy hour conversation. Tackles questions in offbeat, insightful, and funny ways
The Catalpa rescue : the gripping story of the most dramatic and successful prison break in Australian history by Peter FitzSimons( Book )

3 editions published in 2019 in English and held by 147 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The incredible true story of one of the most extraordinary and inspirational prison breaks in Australian history. New York, 1874. Members of the Clan-na-Gael - agitators for Irish freedom from the English yoke - hatch a daring plan to free six Irish political prisoners from the most remote prison in the British Empire, Fremantle Prison in Western Australia. Under the guise of a whale hunt, Captain Anthony sets sail on the Catalpa to rescue the men from the stone walls of this hell on Earth known to the inmates as a 'living tomb'. What follows is one of history's most stirring sagas that splices Irish, American, British and Australian history together in its climactic moment. For Ireland, who had suffered English occupation for 700 years, a successful escape was an inspirational call to arms. For America, it was a chance to slap back at Britain for their support of the South in the Civil War; for England, a humiliation. And for a young Australia, still not sure if it was Great Britain in the South Seas or worthy of being an independent country in its own right, it was proof that Great Britain was not unbeatable. Told with FitzSimons' trademark combination of arresting history and storytelling verve, The Catalpa Rescue is a tale of courage and cunning, the fight for independence and the triumph of good men, against all odds
 
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Philosophy of early childhood education : transforming narratives
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TobrukKokodaNancy Wake : a biography of our greatest war heroineCharles Kingsford Smith and those magnificent menBataviaThe ballad of Les DarcyMawson : and the ice men of the heroic age : Scott, Shackleton and AmundsenHow hemlines predict the economy : explanations, rationalizations, and theories on everything
Alternative Names
FitzSimons, Peter

Fitzsimons Peter John

Peter Fitzsimmons

Peter FitzSimons australischer Biograph und Rugby-Union-Spieler

Peter FitzSimons rugbyunionspeler uit Australië

피츠사이몬스, 피터 1961-

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English (251)

Polish (1)

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