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In the Lamplight

Illustrated by Brian Simmonds and written by Dianne Wolfer


From fighting for the right to vote to nursing conscripted young men, Rose’s life changes forever when World War I arrives in the peaceful English village of Harefield. With an influx of wounded Australian soldiers, the villagers rally around to provide care and comfort, despite suffering their own casualties and grieving for their own losses. Training to nurse Australian soldiers like Jim the Light Horse boy is hard work, but with it comes much for Rose to treasure – in the gaining of a vocation, in confidence won and in finding new love in a new land.

'The evocative photographs, archival pieces and charcoal artwork superbly combine with the raw and moving storyline...Essential reading for middle to upper primary students.' Reading Time

'... create[s] an engrossing read and an understanding of an important part of Australian history.' Magpies

'an engrossing read, one which gives a sound background to the lives of those we rarely read about...intense, intimate and involving...I thoroughly recommend this as a highly readable account of how war affects lives far beyond the battlefield.' ReadPlus

'This is a sad but fantastic book and I definitely recommend it to readers interested in romance, history and a little twist of sadness.' Charlotte, age 11

'In the Lamplight combines Dianne's meticulous research, archival photographs, and actual telegrams and letters with imaginative storytelling and evocative and sensitively wrought charcoal drawings by artist Brian Simmonds.' Subiaco Post

'A wonderful stand-alone story in its own right, this beautifully produced book from Fremantle Press is also the perfect conclusion to the war trilogy which began with Lighthouse Girl and Light Horse Boy.' WritingWA


Children's Book Council of Australia Notable Book (2019)

ISBN 9781925591224 (Hardback)
Formats Large Format Illustrated (220 x 175mm) (Hardback)
Categories Fiction for Younger Readers
Anzac and War
Fiction for Middle Readers
Books for History Teachers
The West Australian's ED! Serialisations
Award Winning
Children's Picture Books
Publisher Fremantle Press
Edition 1st
Publication Year 2018
Pages 120
  • Brian simmonds

    Brian Simmonds

    Brian Simmonds was born in Subiaco and worked for many years as a lithographer in the printing industry while studying art in the evenings. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art from Curtin University and worked for The Sunday Times, New Idea and an advertising agency before he became a professional artist in 1990. He has exhibited his work many times and won numerous prizes for drawing, oil painting and mixed media works. His work can be found in many private and public collections in Australia. Read more

  • Dianne wolfer

    Dianne Wolfer

    Dianne Wolfer is the acclaimed author of many books for teenagers and young readers spanning multiple genres. Her book Lighthouse Girl served as inspiration for PIAF’s The Giants and features in events commemorating the centenary of the departure of the first AIF from Albany. One of Dianne’s picture books, Photographs in the Mud (set along the Kokoda Track), is used as an international peace reference and has been published in Japanese; it is also a recommended resource for the National History Curriculum. Her young adult title Choices has been translated into Polish. Read more