A compelling collection of tales from Australia's dark heart - of catastrophe and misfortune, intrigue and passion, betrayal and tragedy.
AUSTRALIAN TRAGIC ranges across our past and our present: the heartbreaking story of the fire at Luna Park; the unstoppable opportunist who snatched innocent men and women from Palm Island to be part of P. T. Barnum's 'Greatest Show on Earth'; a world-class boxer who lost his battle with alcohol and ended up in an unmarked American grave; a man who heroically survived a war to find himself crushed and defeated by events much closer to home; and a new story - of an echo from Ned Kelly at Stringybark Creek, in our own time ...
Heartbreaking and shocking, gothic and weird, these fascinating stories are all true, and told to remind us of the Australia we don't know, the one that simmers with love and hate, of hopes raised and futures dashed, unheralded and unnoticed . . . until now.
By disciplining himself to write in a distinctive old-fashioned form, infused with 21st-century knowledge and sensibility, Marx transcends the genre... Marx is at his most impressive telling the stories sad and straight. He displays unusual empathy for the hopeless, the exploited and the downtrodden. - Weekend Australian
indecently entertaining and ... fully of stories that deserve to be more widely known - The Age
Jack Marx's AUSTRALIAN TRAGIC is in a class apart - The Australian