0

Call Boomerang Books 1300 36 33 32

Description - Banjo by Grantlee Kieza

The remarkable life of Australia's greatest storyteller

'A detailed and sympathetic account ... fascinating' - The Australian

A.B. 'Banjo' Paterson is rightly recognised as Australia's greatest storyteller and most celebrated poet, the boy from the bush who became the voice of a generation. He gave the nation its unofficial national anthem 'Waltzing Matilda' and treasured ballads such as 'The Man from Snowy River' and 'Clancy of the Overflow', vivid creations that helped to define Australia's national identity.

But there is more, much more to Banjo's story, and in this landmark biography, award-winning writer Grantlee Kieza chronicles a rich and varied life, one that straddled two centuries and saw Australia transform from a far-flung colony to a fully fledged nation.

Born in the bush, as a boy Banjo rode his pony to a one-room school along a trail frequented by outlaw Ben Hall. As a young man he befriended Breaker Morant, and covered the second Boer War as a reporter. He fudged his age to enlist during World War I, ultimately driving an ambulance before commanding a horse training unit during that conflict. Newspaper editor, columnist, foreign correspondent and ABC broadcaster, he knew countless luminaries of his time, including Rudyard Kipling, Winston Churchill, Field Marshal Haig and Henry Lawson. The tennis ace, notorious ladies' man, brilliant jockey and celebrated polo player was an eye-witness to countless key moments in Australian history, and saw Carbine and Phar Lap race.

Extensively researched and written with Kieza's trademark verve, Banjo is a lively and captivating portrait of this truly great Australian.

Buy Banjo by Grantlee Kieza from Australia's Online Independent Bookstore, Boomerang Books.

Book Details

ISBN: 9780733335914
Format: Paperback / softback
(235mm x 154mm x 32mm)
Pages: 496
Imprint: ABC Books
Publisher: ABC Books
Publish Date: 20-Jan-2020
Country of Publication: Australia

Other Editions - Banjo by Grantlee Kieza

Book Reviews - Banjo by Grantlee Kieza

» Have you read this book? We'd like to know what you think about it - write a review about Banjo book by Grantlee Kieza and you'll earn 50c in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars (you must be a Boomerang Books Account Holder - it's free to sign up and there are great benefits!)


A Preview for this title is currently not available.
Customers Also Bought