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Whistler's Bones: A Novel of the Australian Frontier

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At the age of fifteen Charlie Gaunt left his home in Bendigo and signed on as a drover with Nat Buchanan. Two years later he was a key man on one of Australia’s greatest cattle drives – the Durack family’s epic journey from Cooper’s Creek, Queensland – to the Kimberley.

Stumbling on Charlie’s largely unknown st
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Paperback, 306 pages
Published October 21st 2017 by Stories of Oz Publishing
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Brenda
When his drunken and aggressive father died, and his mother let him know they were destitute, fifteen-year-old Charlie Gaunt left home with the only thing he owned – his beloved horse Constance. It was the 1880s in Australia; bushrangers including Ned Kelly and his gang were on the roads; escaped prisoners and desperados from the gold rush were the types young Charlie had to avoid. As he gradually made his way north from Bendigo in Victoria, through New South Wales and into Queensland, taking wo ...more
Lily Malone
Jul 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Greg Barron, I take my hat off to you. I thought this was brilliant.
Whistler's Bones is a fascinating story based on the life of drover Charlie Gaunt who was one of the trail-blazing horsemen and drovers of the 1880s driving cattle across Australia into the Northern Territory to establish the vast pastoral stations of central and northern Australia.
Boy, this is a wrenching tale. Through the eyes of Charlie, it is a no-holds barred view of 'white man' life and attitudes at the time. With more tha
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Tony English
Feb 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In his introductory Author’s Note, Greg Barron describes Whistler’s Bones as “a work of fiction blended with fact”. The principal source of facts about the central character and narrator, Charlie Gaunt, is a series of newspaper articles he wrote as an old man in the 1930s about his experience as a cattle drover in the wilds of northern Australia in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Gaunt wrote little about his feelings or his personal life, so Barron speculated intelligently and with empat ...more
Jenn J McLeod
Apr 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A unique perspective of early life in Australia, set in the harsh outback and detailing (with a fascinating blend of fact and fiction) an important part of history, based on the life of Charlie Gaunt, an accidental drover and trail-blazer in the 1880s. This tale is about driving cattle across Australia into the Northern Territory where the vast pastoral stations of central and northern Australia were established.
David Gibson
Sep 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Greg Barron makes the past come alive with this entertaining and gripping tale from Australia's heritage. He is a master of historical novels such as this. I felt as though I knew the characters and shared their experiences. Definitely a five star read!
Balthazar Lawson
Dec 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After his father dies, 15 year old Charlie Gaunt leaves home in search of adventure. It's 1883 Australia when the county is still a collection of colonies and no national government. Life shaping adventure is what Charlie finds as he works as a stock man in western Queensland and the Northern Territory. He also finds love and this shapes the rest of his life as he also looses this love.

This is really a story of finding love, loosing it and spending the rest of your life trying to reclaim it.

It'
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Alicia Huxtable
Oct 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
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This book, while an enjoyable read, it is such a woeful, emotional rollercoaster. Charlie Gaunt definately lived a fair few lives within his lifetime. The tales told in this book would make any man want to hide under a rock til it was over.
Stef O'connor
Feb 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Robyn Wright
Nov 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Another great read by Greg Barron but this one will stay with me for a long time. He has captured the real essence of the outback but hasn't wavered in telling the terrible and bloody history of the the frontier wars. The courage of those first drovers was evident in every page, as was the violence that advanced with them across the continent.
Chris
Mar 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Whistler's Bones is a sprawling frontier adventure that tells the story of an absolute nugget of Australian history, Charlie Gaunt. Gaunt's adventures take him through a number of significant events in Australian and world history - a veritable Forrest Gump of his times. The book is a great read, and I think one of the author's finest.

The story of Gaunt, a real-life historical figure, represents a largely untapped vein although many of the people wrapped around that vein, including the Duracks a
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Jeannette
Mar 24, 2019 rated it really liked it

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In 1880, at the age of fifteen, Charlie Gaunt left his home in Bendigo and signed on as a drover with Nat Buchanan. Two years later he was a key man on one of Australia’s greatest cattle drives – the Durack family’s epic journey from Cooper’s Creek, Queensland – to the Kimberley.
Drawing on Charlie’s largely unknown story, and filling in the gaps with fiction, the author has created a novel unique in Australian literature. An unprecedented adventure, and a passionate love story – Whis
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Don Douglas
Nov 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Greg Barron's Whistler's Bones is a novel written by a craftsman, whose ability to draw the reader into the tale is undoubted. Even when the story horrifies you, you'll want to keep reading.

However, it is not a story for the faint hearted or the squeamish. It is a harsh tale told in the context of the day, about hard men and tragic events. It evokes a gamut of emotions in the reader; empathy, sympathy, hatred and, at times, lack of respect for the character, along with despair of the seemingly i
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victor turner
Sep 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
True Australia ?

I became lost in these (?) fictional/true pages of life of a cattle drover in Australia, although not brave enough, I would have liked to experienced (some) of the (to me) freedom of the wild open land before it became 'civilised', I'll be on the lookout for books in the same vein.
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Crime, terrorism, history, international politics and the wide open spaces of outback Australia are all passionate interests of author Greg Barron. He has lived in North America, New South Wales and in and around Katherine, Northern Territory. He once crossed Arnhem Land on foot, and has a passion for the Top End landscape.

His books, published by HarperCollins Australia and Stories of Oz Publishi
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