Princes, paupers, prime ministers ... and bastards. Here is a selection of 25 amazing men from all walks of life, and from all around Australia.
Amazing bastard (colloquial), n: a bloke who does stuff that other bastards wouldn't try in a month of Sundays
We've all met them, or at least read about them - men who drive faster, climb higher, build and invent and triumph over impossible odds.
Journalist Lawrence Money has assembled a collection of Amazing Aussie Bastards who truly stand out from the crowd. Immune to critics and disbelievers, undaunted by illness or financial setback, they have done what writer Somerset Maugham so admired -- 'moulded life to their own liking'.
From Prince Leonard of Hutt, the rebel WA farmer who seceded from Australia, to Bob Katter, founder of the latest political party (who tells why he once threw eggs at the Beatles) -- and the indestructible giant of Australian radio, Alan Jones (who finally reveals the reason he switched stations). It's a book that celebrates stellar Aussie male achievement.
What's their secret, these Amazing Bastards?
What makes them tick?
Can we be like them?
The answer lies within these pages.
About the Author
Lawrence Money is one of the longest-serving columnists in Australia, starting in 1979 with The Melbourne Herald's 'In Black And White' column and going on to write the Daily Tattler, The Sunday Age 'Spy' column and the Diary in the daily Age. He has twice won the Melbourne Press Club's Quill award as Victoria's best columnist. Lawrence has been on the professional speaking circuit, a regular on ABC radio, has written five books, invented the top-selling board game 'Holiday', and writes a monthly column in the RACV magazine, Royalauto.
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 1st August 2013
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3 x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.36