A compelling collection of tales from Australia's dark heart - of catastrophe and misfortune, intrigue and passion, betrayal and tragedy.
AUSTRALIAN TRAGIC ranges across our past and our present: the heartbreaking story of the fire at Luna Park; the unstoppable opportunist who snatched innocent men and women from Palm Island to be part of P. T. Barnum's 'Greatest Show on Earth'; a world-class boxer who lost his battle with alcohol and ended up in an unmarked American grave; a man who heroically survived a war to find himself crushed and defeated by events much closer to home; and a new story - of an echo from Ned Kelly at Stringybark Creek, in our own time ...
Heartbreaking and shocking, gothic and weird, these fascinating stories are all true, and told to remind us of the Australia we don't know, the one that simmers with love and hate, of hopes raised and futures dashed, unheralded and unnoticed . . . until now.
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Very informative , excellent reading.
Make sure u read this
Breathtaking, disturbing, moving, sad, shocking and thought provoking. I really enjoyed the stories and the different writing styles made it interesting.
A must read collection of Australian stories
As an admirer of Marx's work, I was immediately drawn to this book.
Intelligently written by Marx, outlining some stories you know, but many you don't. And that lack of knowledge is often the tragedy. Loved this book, highly recommended.
PS: for added colour, seek out the ABC's "Conversations with Richard Fidler" podcast and his interview with Jack Marx about this book.