General Sir Peter Cosgrove will be the guest of MidCoast Council's Libraries in November.
On Wednesday, November 4 from 6pm community members can join the Zoom event, hosted by Cameron Marshall, presenter on ABC Radio Mid North Coast.
General Sir Peter Cosgrove AK, CVO, MC is one of Australia's most significant public figures and he will discuss his extraordinarily full and eventful life during the "In Conversation" session.
"We are absolutely honoured to be welcoming General Sir Peter Cosgrove virtually to MidCoast Libraries," MidCoast Council Libraries manager Chris Jones said.
"Libraries have taken on a life of their own during the Coronavirus pandemic. We're proud to be a platform for Australian authors to promote their works as we continue to support our communities."
His latest book, You Shouldn't Have Joined 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 an incredible insight into the role and world of Australia's Governor General.
As a soldier, Cosgrove 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, Cosgrove became Australia's Governor General.
As Governor General he supported 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.
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 toppled 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.
Numbers are limited for General Sir Peter Cosgrove's 'in conversation' session on Wednesday 4 November at 6pm. This virtual event is free and bookings are essential via www.midcoastlibraries.com.au/events
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