Author(s): Joy Chambers
As the year 2001 approaches the men who fought in the Great War have all but faded away, and only the memory of their sacrifice will be preserved. Between 1914 and 1918 soldiers from all over the world converged on the trenches of Belgium and Northern France: from Australia and New Zealand, Canada, England, India, Ireland, Scotland, South Africa, Wales and the far reaches of the British Empire they came to fight alongside the Belgians and the French. Vale Valhalla traces the lives of a group of Australians through the years prior to, and during, the First World War, and reveals how they were forever altered by their sufferings in that singular and relentless conflict.
Joy Chambers utilised her love of history by beginning to write historical novels during her successful acting career in Australia. Over a dozen years on she retains her enthusiasm for storytelling and research and combines her writing along with her business life as chairman of a group of companies along with her husband. Joy says, 'My life is in the entertainment business. A skilfully written book can be read on many levels but it should always entertain...I attempt to do that.'