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Bumper  :  The Life and Times of Frank 'Bumper' Farrell - Larry Writer


The Life and Times of Frank 'Bumper' Farrell


Published: 1st March 2011
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The sprawling saga of a legendary Australian character.

Frank Bumper Farrell was the roughest, toughest street cop and leader of a vice squad Australia has ever seen. Strong as a bull, with cauliflowered ears and fists like hams, Bumper s beat from 1938 to 1976 was the most lawless in the land - the mean streets of Kings Cross and inner Sydney. His adversaries were such notorious criminals as Abe Saffron, Lennie McPherson, Tilly Devine and Kate Leigh and their gangs as well as the hooligans, sly groggers, SP bookies, pimps and spivs.

Criminals knew just where they stood: he would catch them, he would hurt them, and then he would lock them away. He was a legendary Rugby League player for Newtown, and represented Australia against England and New Zealand.

Here s Bumper Farrell in brutal, passionate and hilarious action . . . saving Ita Buttrose from a stalker; sparking a national scandal when accused of biting off a rival player s ear; beating Lennie McPherson so severely the hard man cried; single-handedly fighting a mob of gangsters in Kings Cross and winning; terrorising the hoons who harassed the prostitutes in the brothel lanes by driving over the top of them; commandeering the police launch to take him home to his beach home, diving overboard in full uniform and catching a wave to shore; dispensing kindness and charity to the poor.

Bumper Farrell: lawman, sportsman, larrikin . . . legend.

About The Author

Larry Writer is the author of a number of books, including the bestsellers Razor (Pan Macmillan) and PLEASURE AND PAIN.


Larry Writer

Larry Writer is an experienced journalist, author and publisher with an impressive resume.

He worked for Australian Consolidated Press for twelve years as a writer and editor, including three years as ACP’s European Editor and London Bureau Chief. Larry then spent a number of years as a writer, editor and London Bureau Chief for Time Inc. and spent six months with that company in New York writing for People magazine and Sports Illustrated.

In recent years he has been a freelance writer for The Weekend Australian magazine, The Australian Financial Review, the Herald’s ‘Sydney’ magazine, The Bulletin, Madison and The Australian Women’s Weekly.

During this period he has also authored a number of top selling books –including Razor (the Ned Kelly Award-winning account of Tilly Devine and Sydney’s razor gangs), Never Before, Never Again (the saga of the record-breaking St George rugby league teams of the 1950’s and ’60’s) First Blood (the story of the sea battle between HMAS Sydney and SMS Emden in 1914)

The Australian Book of True Crime, Pleasure and Pain (the biography of Chrissy Amphlett) Garden of Evil (the story of the hunt for the Granny Killer) and Winning (a book of interviews with Australian sports legends)

Larry has also ghost-written the autobiographies of John Newcombe, Rex Mossop, Greg Alexander, Dan Crowley, Kevin Walters, John Peard and Paul & Tami Roos. Larry's latest book is 'Bumper' - The Life & Times of Frank 'Bumper' Farrell.

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ISBN: 9780733624896
ISBN-10: 0733624898
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 1st March 2011
Publisher: Hachette Australia
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.4  x 3.2
Weight (kg): 0.52
Edition Number: 1