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Book Review: Buckley's Chance by Garry Linnell - Reviewed by CloggieA (15 Oct 2019)
4 stars Who has never heard the aphorism: ‘You’ve got two chances - Buckley’s and none”? Award-winning Australian journalist and author, Garry Linnell’s third book follows the incredible life journey of the extraordinary William Buckley, fairly certainly the Buckley to which this refers. He writes in the second person, addressing his story to Buckley himself. It’s quickly clear, from the thorough end-notes, bibliography and references provided, that Linnell’s research is extensive and meticulous. The level of detail is mostly absorbing, if occasionally tedious. He enhances his interesting text with a map, sixteen pages of colour plates and a comprehensive index. From evocative descriptions of his Napoleonic War experience, the Britain that Buckley leaves, through his journey as a convict on the Calcutta, his 32 years with the Wadawurrung people, and his re-entry into white “civilisation”, emerges an opportunist skilled in both the art of disappearing and of fitting in. While more of Buckley on country and less 19thC politics would have been good, this is still a fascinating piece of historical fiction. This unbiased review is from a copy provided by Better Reading Preview and Michael Joseph Australia
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