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The Dig Tree  : Text Classics - Sarah Murgatroyd

The Dig Tree

Text Classics

By: Sarah Murgatroyd, Geoffrey Blainey (Introduction by)

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Published: 26th April 2012
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Wills knew that he was fading fastest. On 26 June, he decided the only honourable thing to do was to sacrifice himself to save his companions. 'Without some change,' he wrote, 'I see little chance for any of us.'

In 1860, an eccentric Irish policeman and a shy English scientist led a cavalcade of men and camels out of Melbourne to cross the continent south to north. Less than a year later seven men were dead.

Sarah Murgatroyd's classic account of an ill-fated expedition is a tragic tale of courage, love, suffering and madness.

About the Author

Sarah Murgatroyd was born in England in 1967 and grew up on a farm in Sussex. After a year in China, India and the Himalayas, she gained an honours degree in Philosophy and Literature at Warwick University, and then studied broadcast journalism at Cardiff University. In 1993 she came to Australia where she travelled extensively, providing news and current affairs coverage for the BBC. To research The Dig Tree she retraced the footsteps of Burke and Wills across Australia. Sarah died of cancer in March 2002, a few weeks after The Dig Tree was first published.

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5.0

The inside story

By Bevlyn

from Country Victoria

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  • Well Written

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  • History Alive

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Comments about The Dig Tree:

A great read, presented in such an interesting manner, with detail of Burke and Wills rarely if even know of before.

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4.0

Informative and well written

By The Lone Grainger

from Hastings River

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    Comments about The Dig Tree:

    Initially I heard bits of this book on the ABC at night. Decided to buy it and read it for myself. Very good read from a very good writer and I will pick it up and read again and again. It is a book for a serious reader and not one that finds reading onerous.

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    5.0

    Fascinating account of Burke and Wills

    By Elaine

    from Melbourne

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    • Continually Relevant
    • Deeply Informative
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    • Groundbreaking Research
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      Comments about The Dig Tree:

      I loved this book as I was traveling to the area around Cooper Creek to see the Dig Tree amongst other things. I had an entirely different insight into the Burke and Wills expedition after reading this book. Incredibly well researched and informative book.

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      'Sarah Murgatroyd deftly captures the foolishness, suffering and hapless heroism of one of the 19th-century's least-known, but most epic, undertakings. I can almost guarantee that you will be biting your nails by the time you reach the Dig Tree of the title - and more than that I cannot say without spoiling this remarkable and addictive tale.' - Bill Bryson

      ISBN: 9781921922268
      ISBN-10: 1921922265
      Series: Text Classics
      Audience: General
      Format: Paperback
      Language: English
      Number Of Pages: 376
      Published: 26th April 2012
      Country of Publication: AU
      Dimensions (cm): 19.9 x 12.8  x 2.5
      Weight (kg): 19.9
      Edition Number: 1