Larrikins, Bush Tales and Other Great Australian Stories

Graham Seal
AUD $22.99
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From one of our master storytellers, author of the bestselling Great Australian Stories, comes another collection of yarns, tall tales, bush legends and colourful characters. Taking us from the deep outback to the glistening sea, they go to the heart of what makes us distinctively Australian.

Yarns, legends, myths, jokes and anecdotes are our national lifeblood. These home-grown and borrowed tales, told and re-told over generations, offer an insight into the larger national story of which every Australian has a part.

Was Breaker Morant the Gatton murderer? What happened to Sniffling Jimmy and Black Mary? We revisit some of the most colourful characters in Australia's past, and the stories that have grown around them. We go looking for the real illywhacker and find out what happened after the execution of our most famous outlaw, Ned Kelly.

It takes a certain character to make a living in the Australian bush. In the most difficult situations, laughter often comes to the rescue. Here are pioneers and battlers, convicts and settler's children, and a land that tests them with fire, flood and drought, all in stories resonant with Australia's distinctive wry humour.

Dip into Larrikins, Bush Tales and Other Great Australian Stories for a taste of Australia's rich history and traditions.

'Full of interesting yarns, tall tales and intriguing details that come to life in a fascinating storyscape' - Robyn Floyd

Author bio:

Graham Seal AM is Professor of Folklore at Curtin University, and a leading expert on traditional Australian culture. He is the author of many books about Australian history and culture, including the bestselling Great Australian Stories, Great Anzac Stories and The Savage Shore. His These Few Lines: The Lost Lives of Myra and William Sykes won the National Biography Award.

Category: Literature & literary studies
ISBN: 9781760290436
Table Of Contents: The Great Australian storyscape

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1 WIDE BROWN LAND

Eaglehawk and Crow

Great floods

Firestick farming

'The landscape looked like a park'

Captain Cook's Law

The corners

2 UPON THE FATAL SHORE

Leaden hearts

The Ring

The melancholy death of Captain Logan

The Convict's Tour to Hell

'Make it hours instead of days'

Captain of the push

The Prince of Pickpockets

3 PLAINS OF PROMISE

'I was not expected to survive'

The town that drowned

Wine and witches

Phantoms of the landfall light

Tragedy on Lizard Island

Who was Billy Barlow?

The temple of skulls

Chimney Sweeps' Day

The dragon of Big Gold Mountain

4 A FAIR GO

Black Mary

The Tambaroora line

Mates

A glorious spree

The Greenhide Push waltzes Matilda

The Bunuba resistance

The bagman's gazette

Homes of hope

5 HOW WE TRAVEL THE LAND

Rangers and rouseabouts

The swagman's union

The oozlum bird

The Tea and Sugar Train

The black stump

The rise and fall of Cobb & Co.

The Long Paddock

The real Red Dog

6 DOING IT TOUGH

Depending on the harvest

'Women of the West'

Cures!

A seasonal guide to weather and wives

Backyard brainwaves

Sugar bag nation

Happy Valley

Sergeant Small

The farmer's will

7 HOME OF THE WEIRD

Curious discoveries

The marble man

Was Breaker Morant the Gatton murderer?

Vanishing vessels

Yearning for yowies

8 ROMANCING THE SWAG

Lore of the track

Sniffling Jimmy

The poetic swaggie

'There you have the Australian swag'

A swagman's death

Where the angel tarboys fly

Bowyang Bill and the cocky farmer

The Mad Eight

9 AFTER THE KELLYS

The saga

A Glenrowan letter

'I thought it was a circus'

A death in Forbes

Living legends

The stranger

10 THE CHILD IN THE BUSH

The beanstalk in the bush

Forgotten nursery rhymes

The lost boys of Daylesford

Fairies in the paddock

Surviving Black Jack

11 LARGER THAN LIFE

The fate of Captain Cadell

The Fenian

The last bushranger

Lawson's people

The Coo-ee Lady

Australia's first Hollywood star

A vision splendid

The illywacker

12 WORKING FOR A LAUGH

Droving in a bar

A fine team of bullocks

A stump speech

Working on the railway

Service!

High-octane travel

Railway birds

Rechtub klat

The Garbos' Christmas

A Christmas message

Total eclipse of communication

The laws of working life

Somebody else's job

The basic work survival guide

Twelve things you'll never hear an employee tell the boss

Excessive absence

Running naked with the bulls

Doing business

The end of a perfect day

Sources

Bibliography

Picture credits
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Imprint: Allen & Unwin
Pub Date: January 2016
Page Extent: 320
Format: Paperback - B format
Age: 0 - 0
Subject: Anthologies (non-poetry)

Teachers reviews

What a fabulous resource for any coffee table or library! Graham Seal’s stories and narrative of Australia’s journey builds on previous work and puts a more serious slant on the yarns gathered earlier but such writers Bill Wannan. Since getting this book to review I have read it, browsed it and gone back to look for specific tales complementary to other subjects I am reading. Seal weaves an erudite study of various themes in Australia’s (written) history. The relaxing part of this book is that it reads as a series of yarns. It is friendly and approachable; entertaining and informative. It gives food for thought.
Stories covered are grouped into phases of Australia’s past; favourite or popular themes are quick to find and each contains a snippet or two of the unusual and the less well known.
For a general reader it is an asset for every class room. As an easy access afternoon reader for an interesting change of focus it is entertaining – and frequently a conversation starter. It provides a springboard into asking effective research questions and further inquiry. It should sell itself!
Michael Cruickshank, Hellyer College, TAS

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