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There's trouble out there as I speak made up of wind and dust It howls around the homesteads and raintanks gone to rust The animals are dying, all choked up with flies and sand And though the folks aren't saying much, they need a helping hand ...So spare a thought next time you're driving down a country road For all those sunburnt people out there carrying the load Stop and listen for a second and I'll bet your pulse starts racing That's the spirit of the bush my friend, the heartland of our nation. Bruce Venables, author, actor, entertainer and popular Australia Day ambassador, has long been delighting crowds with performances of his poetry, written under the pen name of 'The Larrikin'. Patriotic, funny, sentimental and heartfelt, his verse pays tribute to the Australian spirit and sense of humour, celebrating such iconic subjects as The Bush, The City, War and Remembrance and Sport. Collected in print for the first time due to popular demand, a percentage of proceeds from sales of THE SPIRIT OF THE BUSH will go towards Paula Duncan's Wayside Chapel Drought Appeal.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781740512510
ISBN-10: 1740512510
Format: Paperback
(128mm x 198mm x 9mm)
Pages: 96
Imprint: Random House Australia
Publisher: Random House Australia
Publish Date: 2-Jun-2003
Country of Publication: Australia

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Author Biography - Bruce Venables

Bruce Venables was born in Hobart and was a member of the Tasmanian Police Force. In 1976 he joined the Royal Hong Kong police as an Inspector. He served in the Hong Kong Marine Police as a launch commander and in the Tactical Unit as a platoon commander. In 1984 Bruce took up residence in Sydney and began his career as a writer of film and television scripts. He is also well known to Australian audiences as an actor. His first novel, A NECESSARY EVIL, was published in 1995; his collection of poetry , THE SPIRIT OF THE BUSH, was published in 2003; and his saga of Hong Kong, THE TIME OF THE DRAGONS, was published in 2004. Bruce lives at Bondi Beach and the Central Coast, NSW, and is married to best- selling novelist and actress, Judy Nunn. They have two dogs, Lucy and Baxter.

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