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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we were told about this book, hard to get but of course Booktopia had it, thanks
Great history of outback Australia.
How an English man became an Australian icon.
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.
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
'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
Series: A&R Classics
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