Good Reading : August 2008
24 good reading ı AUGUST 2008 Does Dad love a good Aussie yarn? Then he might enjoy Dennis McIntosh’s new book, Beaten by a Blow: a shearer’s story, which is Dennis’s account of his life as a shearer, travelling from station to station, the colourful characters he met, along with the legends of ‘the sheds’.Yarn-loving readers might also enjoy A Swag of Memories: Australian bush stories by Brian Taylor. It’s a collection of stories from his life in the Queensland bush and the people he met there, ranging from tough, poetry-writing bushmen to heroic priests. Published this month is Will Davies’s In the Footsteps of Private Lynch. Davies had previously edited Lynch’s Somme Mud, a thinly-veiled fictional account of his experiences as an infantryman during WWI. Lynch wrote Somme Mud when he returned home partly in the hope of boosting his income during he depression years and partly to expunge the memory of the horrors he had seen.When it was finally published, more than 70 years later – thanks to Davies’s efforts – it was to great acclaim. In the Footsteps of Private Lynch traces the footsteps of Lynch from the day he left Australia to war’s end in 1918. Davies fills in the gaps in Private Lynch’s story – explaining the battles and the campaigns – and provides a context to the oldiers’ plight and achievements. Gallipoli Sniper: The life of Billy Sing by John Hamilton tells he story of one of the most eared snipers of the Gallipoli campaign, Billy Sing. Born in 1886, to a Chinese father and an English mother, Billy lived in Queensland where he faced prejudices due to his coloured skin.When WWI broke out, Billy enlisted and such was his skill as a sniper at Gallipoli, that he earned the nickname ‘the assassin’. Awarded a DCM and a Croix de Guerre, Billy died alone in a boarding ouse in Brisbane at the age f 57. More modern warfare can e found in David Everett’s ook Shadow Warrior, which tells of his life as a former SAS soldier turned freedom fighter. His thirst for action saw him join the fight for independence in Burma, after which he ventually returned to Australia here his attempts at raising money for the Burma cause esulted in him being the ubject of a nation-wide olice hunt. For those seeking some adventure Kieran Kelly’s Aspiring might inspire dad to new heights. At the age of 54 Kelly decided to climb mountains, ot something a man terrified f heights would normally do. Ricky Magee’s Left for Dead is is account of how he survived r 71 days lost after being abducted, drugged and then abandoned in the unforgiving Australian outback. His amazing survival in the harshest of environments is an incredible feat. Rev heads will be pleased to iscover Car Lovers: Twelve Australian writers on four wheels edited by John Dale. The twelve writers include well- known authors such as Peter Goldsworthy, Debra Adelaide and Peter Carey, and all the stories celebrate the writer’s passion for cars and their love of putting ‘the pedal to the metal’. The advent of Fathers’ Day always brings on a spate of sport books nd this year is no exception. One of a Kind: The Doug Walters story by Ashley Mallet, he author of more than 24 books well as a former cricket great mself, is the biography of one of ustralia’s most loved cricketing legends. Glenn McGrath’s eagerly awaited book is also out this month. It’s called Line and strength: The complete story and is a biography that will interest not only sport lovers. Glenn’s story is every young boy’s dream, as he becomes one of the greatest cricketers of all time. Still on cricket, this year marks 60 years since the triumphant Invincibles Ashes tour of England, and 100 years since the birth of Sir Donald Bradman. Roland Perry’s new book Bradman’s Invincibles explains what they did and how they did it. Perry was able to draw on the time he spent with Sir Donald when writing his biography, so he certainly has an insider’s view. And finally, those with a sense of the ridiculous might enjoy Sprays: A collection of verbal tough-ups by H G Nelson.With chapter headings uch as ‘Debate:That sport is etter than sex (affirmative)’ nd ‘Murder a mullet and watch that hard-to-budge eight disappear’, it’s sure to be hit with H G fans. Beaten by a Blow: A shearer’s story Dennis McIntosh Viking $32.95 A Swag of Memories: Australian bush stories Brian Taylor Hachette $29.99 In the Footsteps of Private Lynch Will Davies Vintage $34.95 Gallipoli Sniper: The life of Billy Sing John Hamilton Macmillan $34.95 Shadow Warrior David Everett Michael Joseph $32.95 Aspiring Kieran Kelly Macmillan $34.95 Left for Dead Ricky Magee Arena $32.95 Car Lovers: Twelve Australian writers on four wheels edited by John Dale ABC Books $32.95 One of a Kind: The Doug Walters story Ashley Mallet Allen & Unwin $35.00 Line and Strength: The complete story Glenn McGrath William Heinemann $39.95 Bradman’s Invincibles Roland Perry Hachette $49.99 Sprays: A collection of verbal tough-ups H G Nelson Macmillan $32.99 recent releases books for ‘the shed’ Looking for a book for Dad? ROWENA CSEH provides a round-up of some recent releases that might find him with his feet up and reading on Fathers’ Day.