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Banjo - Grantlee Kieza

Hardcover Published: 22nd October 2018
ISBN: 9780733335891
Number Of Pages: 592

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The remarkable life of Australia's greatest storyteller

A.B. 'Banjo' Paterson is rightly recognised as Australia's greatest storyteller and most celebrated poet, the boy from the bush who became the voice of a generation. He gave the nation its unofficial national anthem 'Waltzing Matilda' and treasured ballads such as 'The Man from Snowy River' and 'Clancy of the Overflow', vivid creations that helped to define Australia's national identity.

But there is more, much more to Banjo's story, and in this landmark biography, award-winning writer Grantlee Kieza chronicles a rich and varied life, one that straddled two centuries and saw Australia transform from a far-flung colony to a fully fledged nation.

Born in the bush, as a boy Banjo rode his pony to a one-room school along a trail frequented by outlaw Ben Hall. As a young man he befriended Breaker Morant, and covered the second Boer War as a reporter. He fudged his age to enlist during World War I, ultimately driving an ambulance before commanding a horse training unit during that conflict. Newspaper editor, columnist, foreign correspondent and ABC broadcaster, he knew countless luminaries of his time, including Rudyard Kipling, Winston Churchill, Field Marshal Haig and Henry Lawson. The tennis ace, notorious ladies' man, brilliant jockey and celebrated polo player was an eye-witness to countless key moments in Australian history, and saw Carbine and Phar Lap race.

Extensively researched and written with Kieza's trademark verve, Banjo is a lively and captivating portrait of this truly great Australian.

Does Banjo proud


Books written by journalists have a tendency to be glib.Not this one.Kieza has done exhaustive research resulting in a work which surely sets the bench mark .Yet he has an easy and entertaining style,rather like the Banjo himself.



A good read


A good informative read





"Banjo" called himself a "versifier" rather than a poet and that made me chuckle. This book is testament to a great but modest Australian whose life was jam-packed with interesting situations and many interesting people. I loved the way the author wove in the part-stories of Henry Lawson and "Breaker" Morant, the vivid depictions of the Boer War but most of all I enjoyed so much the stories of "Banjo's" family trying to make a living in the bush. Broken up with verses from the three men the book is a revelation and a "must" for home library. Read it and revel in a time long gone

uralla nsw


A great book about a great Aussie


A great book about a great Aussie. Love Banjo's poems




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ISBN: 9780733335891
ISBN-10: 0733335896
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 592
Published: 22nd October 2018
Publisher: ABC Books
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 24.3 x 16.2  x 5.0
Weight (kg): 0.94

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Grantlee Kieza

About the Author

Award-winning journalist Grantlee Kieza has held senior editorial positions at The Daily Telegraph, The Sunday Telegraph and The Courier-Mail. He is a Walkley Award finalist and the author of twelve acclaimed books, including the recent bestsellers Mrs Kelly, Monash, Sons of the Southern Cross and Bert Hinkler.

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