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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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  • Deeply informative (14)
  • Easy to understand (13)
  • Continually relevant (6)

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    5.0

    A fun and informative read

    By Mary

    from Lake Macquarie NSW Australia

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      Comments about Bill the Bastard:

      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.

      By JD

      from Perth

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        Comments about Bill the Bastard:

        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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        5.0

        Great Buy!

        By Lolly

        from Orange, NSW

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          4.0

          Great read

          By Pres

          from Adelaide

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            Comments about Bill the Bastard:

            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

            By Geck

            from Toowoomba

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              Comments about Bill the Bastard:

              Good sized print, easy reading

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              4.0

              Great read for the ANZAC Centenary

              By Phil the Bill

              from Perth

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                Comments about Bill the Bastard:

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

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                5.0

                A very interesting account of war horses

                By Mother Duck

                from Murwillumbah, NSW AU

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                  Comments about Bill the Bastard:

                  I am interested in anything "history" and so enjoyed that part of it. Learned a lot about Banjo Patterson. Going to pass the book along to a family
                  member, who will love it.

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                  4.0

                  A great read

                  By Baumy

                  from Murray Bridge SA

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                    Comments about Bill the Bastard:

                    I finished it over a week end and thoroughly enjoyed it

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                    5.0

                    what a character - and on 4 legs!

                    By Cattraf

                    from Trafalgar , Vic

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                      Great gift

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                      4.0

                      A different Aussie war hero

                      By Busy Mum

                      from Brisbane

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                        Comments about Bill the Bastard:

                        This is a great read about a little-known Australian character. It has created a desire to read more about the Australian Lighthorse & their involvement in WWI.

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                        ISBN: 9781743312629
                        ISBN-10: 1743312628
                        Audience: General
                        Format: Paperback
                        Language: English
                        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