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Description - Buckley's Chance by Garry Linnell

He fought Napoleon's army and survived.

He was sent to the gallows and escaped the noose.

Now he is in chains and on his way to the other side of the world. What happens next will become one of the most remarkable survival stories in history.

The 19th century has just begun. The world is at war. England, ruled by a mad king, is exiling thousands of criminals to an old land that has become its newest dumping ground.

One of those prisoners is William Buckley, barely 21, a former soldier sentenced to life for stealing two small pieces of cloth. He's a giant for his times. But it's not just his towering frame that sets him apart. It's his desire for freedom that will make his story so unique - even in an era famous for outrageous acts of bravery and heroism.

On a moonlit night Buckley escapes and disappears into the Australian bush. Discovered and adopted by an aboriginal tribe who regard him as a ghost, he is initiated into their rich and complex culture. Given up for dead by his white captors, he will not be seen again for more than 30 years until he emerges one day...carrying a spear, dressed in animal skins and having forgotten the English language.

Buckley's Chance is a profound journey into a turning point in history where cultures clash, bitter rivals go to war and the body count mounts.

It's also the story of a man who refuses to be held down.

A man prepared to defy all odds and take a chance.

Buckley's chance.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780143795742
Format: Paperback / softback
(234mm x 153mm x mm)
Pages: 368
Imprint: Michael Joseph
Publisher: Penguin Books Australia
Publish Date: 1-Oct-2019
Country of Publication: Australia

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Book Review: Buckley's Chance by Garry Linnell - Reviewed by (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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