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  • Hachette Australia

A Swag of Memories: Australian bush stories

Brian Taylor

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Australia, Biography: general, Memoirs, True stories, True stories: discovery / historical / scientific, Prose: non-fiction

A quintessential Australian bushman, Brian Taylor has spent most of his life on the land. Working as a drover, a stockman, a fencer, a shearer and a saddler, he has gathered a swag of stories over the years as he travelled way out past the Barcoo, along the dusty plains and beside the dry creek beds under the endless southern sky.

In A SWAG OF MEMORIES Brian Taylor shares with us these stories, of the people he has met, the places he has been and the moments, long-gone, that define the traditions of the Australian bush.

Like those bush poets and storytellers of days past, Taylor brings to life the characters and the creatures of the bush: men like Dangerous Dan Smith, a hard, self-reliant man who had a gentler talent; Father Peter, a parish priest and occasional hero; Charlie Gibson, an Aboriginal stockman who knew the land better than anyone; and Banjo, the ever-alert dingo watchdog.

These colourful and evocative bush tales delightfully capture a slight of Australian life that many of us will never get to see. Luckily, with this collection, you can sit back with a billy of tea and read all about it.

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Brian Taylor

Brian Taylor has worked in the bush for most of his life as drover, stockman, fencer, shearer and a saddler. He lives near Toowoomba and, with his wife, breeds and trains Arabian horses. He and his family are life members of the Stockman s Hall of Fame.

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