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Bill the Bastard : The Story of Australia's Greatest War Horse - Roland Perry

Bill the Bastard

The Story of Australia's Greatest War Horse

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An epic yarn based on the true story of a great Australian war horse who rode with bravery and valour at Gallipoli, the desert campaigns of Egypt, and Palestine.

Bill was massive. He had power, intelligence and unmatched courage and in performance and character he stood above all the other 200,000 Australian horses sent to the Middle East in the Great War. But as war horses go he had one serious problem. He was unrideable except by a single man, Major Michael Shanahan. Bill, it seemed, was reliable in every way including his ability to unseat men from his saddle. Some even thought he took a sneering pleasure in watching would-be riders hit the dust.

Bill the Bastard is the remarkable tale of a bond between a determined trooper and his stoic but cantankerous mount. They fought together. They depended on each other for their survival. And when the chips were down, Bill's heroic efforts and exceptional instincts in battle saved the lives of Shanahan and four of his men.

By September 1918, Bill the Bastard was so named, not as an insult, but as a term of endearment from the entire Light Horse force. He had become a legend, a symbol of the courage and unbreakable will of the Anzac mounted force. There was no other horse like Bill the Bastard.

About the Author

Roland Perry is one of Australia's best known authors. He has written 26 books, many of them going on to become bestsellers, including Bradman's Invincibles, The Changi Brownlow, The Australian Light Horse and Monash: The Outsider Who Won a War.

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    4.0

    Entertaining and easy reading

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      Comments about Bill the Bastard:

      The author has done a lot of research for him to be able to put so much meat on the bones of this skeleton.

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      5.0

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        Comments about Bill the Bastard:

        A very interesting read, kept my interest. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience?

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        4.0

        Brilliant Anzac learning for any horse lover

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          I am a 7th generation proud Australian but this book taught me more in it's pages than I had learnt in my 50 year life. I have a new respect for the men, the horses and the hardships faced by all in these countries in conflict. Despite overwhelming odds they displayed humour, compassion, honour and respect. The personalities of these people previously little or unknown will remain revered in my heart forever.

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          5.0

          A fun and informative read

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            I read this book because the name appealed to me. It did not disappoint. It is an easy read and very enjoyable as well as informative. It is set in WW1 and about the Australian Light Horse in particular a horse and those associated with him. I have since purchased it for a gift.

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            5.0

            Bill the B is engaging page turner.

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              The first book of Roland Perry's that I read and I could not wait to get to the next book. He has a wonderful knack of bringing history to life. Bill the B******d was a real page turner.

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                4.0

                Great read

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                from Adelaide

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                  Having grown up in the bush & involved with horses , I can understand Bill's temperament .Some horses like people with that attitude turn out to be the best offsider all it takes is the right person to understand them .

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                  5.0

                  Very Enjoyable book

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                    Good sized print, easy reading

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                    4.0

                    Great read for the ANZAC Centenary

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                      A little slow on delivery but on the West Coast we have to put up with that

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                      ISBN: 9781743312629
                      ISBN-10: 1743312628
                      Audience: General
                      Format: Paperback
                      Language: English , Japanese
                      Number Of Pages: 288
                      Published: 1st November 2012
                      Publisher: Allen & Unwin
                      Country of Publication: AU
                      Dimensions (cm): 20.8 x 13.8  x 2.1
                      Weight (kg): 0.3
                      Edition Number: 1