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The Ballad of Les Darcy - Peter FitzSimons

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Published: 1st June 2010
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"Put Les Darcy in a uniform and the men of Australia will march to hell behind him." That was the message Australia's great 'Blacksmith Boxer' was getting, as debate about conscription raged in the middle of World War 1. The problem was that Les Darcy didn't want to march at the fore of such a procession, nor to such a destination. He wanted to continue what he had been doing to extraordinary acclaim before the war began - taking on the best boxers the world could throw at him, and lifting his entire family out of poverty as he did so. Torn between the duty he felt he owed his family, and the duty many felt he owed his country, Les made his choice - and faced the consequences. And so unfolds a ballad of love, war, betrayal, mystery, patriotism and heroism, a ballad of a champion whose story still has the power to move the stoniest heart.

About the Author

Peter FitzSimons is a journalist with the Sun-Herald and the Sydney Morning Herald, and the author of more than 20 books, including How Hemlines Predict the Economy.

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Pros

  • Broad Appeal
  • Easy To Understand
  • Well Written

Cons

  • Biased
  • Limited Appeal

Best Uses

  • Gift
  • Older Readers
  • Reference
  • Travel Reading

Comments about The Ballad of Les Darcy:

The book was easy to read and interesting for me as I always knew the story. Mr.Fitzsimons fitted in very well the backgrounD of WW1.It is a very good Aussie yarn, sad but true. It meant a lot to me. Some of the photographs I had never seen before. A good coverage of his brief time in the USA. I suppose I have always found the story absorbing ; I heard it from my Dad when I was very young. An uncle of his had been a spectator at one of Darcy's fights in Sydney. MR. Billy Ford was a member of my extended family. His words were prophetic in 1914; telling Darcy he would come to a bad end. He did. Mr Ford died in Sydney in 1950 aged 88.

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Peter FitzSimons

Peter FitzSimons is one of Australia’s most prominent and successful media and publishing identities.

His busy professional life involves writing weekly columns for the Sydney Morning Herald and Sun Herald newspapers, appearing on Foxtel's The Back Page television show and, when time permits, authoring best-selling books. A correspondent for London's Daily Telegraph as well, he is also in high demand as a guest speaker and presenter.

For the past two decades, the much-traveled former Wallaby rugby international, who masters four languages, has interviewed some of the world's most famous figures, including former US President George Bush, Mother Theresa and football great Diego Maradona.

Writing is his passion. He is the biographer of World Cup winning Wallaby captains Nick Farr-Jones and John Eales, former Federal Opposition Leader Kim Beazley, war heroine Nancy Wake, former Australian Test cricket captain Steve Waugh and magazine queen Nene King.

In 2001 he was Australia's biggest selling non-fiction author with just under 250,000 sales. He duplicated that feat in 2004 with his book on Kokoda and had similar success in 2006 with his book on Tobruk.

Born on a farm in NSW's Central Coast, Peter FitzSimons attended Knox Grammar School in Sydney before accepting an American Field Service Scholarship to live in Ohio for a year. He returned to complete an arts degree at Sydney University, majoring in government and political science.

A second-rower, he won Wallaby selection in 1984, later moving to France and Italy where he played rugby for the next five years. On his return to Australia he again played for the Wallabies going on to play seven Test matches.

He launched his journalistic career with the Sydney Morning Herald in 1989. Two years later he released two best-selling books, Basking in Beirut and Little Theories of Life and signed a contract with the Nine Network that resulted in him presenting current affairs and sports programs for the next four years. His association with Foxtel commenced in 1995 and continues to this day.

Considered one of the ten most popular after-dinner speakers in Australia, Peter FitzSimons is married to Nine Network personality Lisa Wilkinson and they have three children.

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ISBN: 9780732289515
ISBN-10: 0732289513
Audience: General
For Ages: 14 - 15 years old
For Grades: 10 - 12
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: August 2009
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (Australia) Pty Ltd
Dimensions (cm): 20.0 x 12.8  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.26