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Hell West and Crooked : A&R Australian Classics - Tom Cole

Hell West and Crooked

A&R Australian Classics

By: Tom Cole

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The bestselling story of a real-life Crocodile Dundee. In this remarkable memoir, Tom Cole tells the stories of his life in the outback during the 1920s and 1930s. With great humour and drama, he recounts his adventures as a drover and stockman in the toughest country in Australia and later on as a buffalo shooter and crocodile hunter in the Northern Territory before the war.

First published in 1988 and having sold over 100 000 copies, Hell West and Crooked is perfect for anyone who enjoys a classic outback yarn.

About the Author

Tom Cole worked as an expert stockman on properties throughout northern Australia, as a repairman of the Overland Telegraph Line and manager a coffee plantation in Papua New Guinea before retiring at seventy-two years old. Born in England in 1906, Cole became a real-life Crocodile Dundee, renowned for an adventurous spirit that first brought him to Australia at the age of seventeen. Awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in 1994 for his contribution to history, his experiences inspired his collection of short stories Spears and Smoke Signals and his memoirs Hell West and Crooked and, its sequel, The Last Paradise.

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Excellent. I bought it for my son for Christmas

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    Great history of outback Australia.
    How an English man became an Australian icon.

     
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    A must read for anyone interested in the bush

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      A classic Australian story of a "Pommy Jackaroo" who worked his way up through the ranks to become a competent stockman, hunter and bushman. Hundreds of stories of the struggle and triumph of early bush life in Australia.

       
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      Hell West & Crooked By Tom Cole

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      • Deserves Multiple Readings
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      • Informative
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      • Well Written

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        This was a Great Read I felt he was a very strong and resourceful person and the hard ships he endured where believable
        Great book among the best I have read

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        'A real-life story of the pioneering days of the Top End that out-adventures anything fiction writers could hope to produce.' - THE WEST AUSTRALIAN 'A story of the outback and cattlemen and women, stripped of glamour, that will become an Australian classic to rub covers with authors like Ion Idriess.' - GOLD COAST BULLETIN

        ISBN: 9780732297312
        ISBN-10: 0732297311
        Series: A&R Classics
        Audience: General
        Format: Paperback
        Language: English
        Number Of Pages: 352
        Published: 1st August 2013
        Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (Australia) Pty Ltd
        Country of Publication: AU
        Dimensions (cm): 19.9 x 12.8  x 2.5
        Weight (kg): 0.34