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Fire in the Blood : The epic tale of Frank Gardiner and Australia's other bushrangers - Robert Macklin

Fire in the Blood

The epic tale of Frank Gardiner and Australia's other bushrangers

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He was the champion of the have-nots. He was a gentleman to the core. And he was Australia's most notorious bushranger...One hundred and fifty years ago, Frank Gardiner rose from nowhere to become the most famous outlaw in the country. His gang included Ben Hall, Johnny Gilbert and a team of desperadoes who brought large tracts of inland New South Wales to the brink of anarchy. Yet he boasted that he never hurt a woman or ever committed a mean or petty act. When finally captured, Gardiner became the first and only Australian ever to be exiled from his homeland...Gardiner electrified the colony of New South Wales in June 1862 with the biggest robbery of all - the hold-up of the Lachlan gold escort at Eugowra Rocks. By the standards of the day it was bigger than Britain's Great Train Robbery and much bigger than any Australian heist before or since...Now, in a vivid tour de force, Robert Macklin combines meticulous research with a brilliant imagination to recreate Gardiner's world in the backblocks of Australia and in the land of his exile, the United States. It is a rattling good yarn, an epic drama and a heart-rending love story. But it also provides a unique insight into the young colony at a time when class oppression sparked rage in the underdog and set 'fire in the blood' among the rebels of the bush.

Part I GHOSTS FROM THE PAST..1 In for the kill..2 The boy from Boro..3 Westwood Ho..4 A mother's hate..5 South by southwest..6 A mate indeed..Part II BLOOD ON THE WATTLE..7 Black and white..8 Dark days..9 Rough justice..10 Rough company..11 The battle plan..12 The rush for gold..13 Shot in the heart..14 Rules of the game..15 Prince of the road..16 The big strike..17 Potty by name..18 North and south..19 Cops and robbers..20 Trapped..21 Trials and tribulations..22 Two verdicts..23 In durance vile..24 Farewell to my lovely..25 All fall down..26 Dancing the two-step..27 The last goodbye..28 Freedom?..29 Kelly come lately..30 Go east young man..Part III GALLOPING FOR GLORY..31 The Darkie..32 A well laid plan..33 The faro kid..34 Sweet Felina..35 Gallop for glory..36 The end and the beginning..Epilogue

ISBN: 9781741158915
ISBN-10: 1741158915
Format: ePUB
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 328
Published: 1st November 2005
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Edition Number: 1