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Banjo

4.44  ·  Rating details ·  57 ratings  ·  8 reviews

The remarkable life of Australia's greatest storyteller

A.B. 'Banjo' Paterson is rightly recognised as Australia's greatest storyteller and most celebrated poet, the boy from the bush who became the voice of a generation. He gave the nation its unofficial national anthem 'Waltzing Matilda' and treasured ballads such as 'The Man from Snowy River' and 'Clancy of the

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Kindle Edition, 692 pages
Published November 1st 2018 by ABC Books
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Ryan Butta
Jan 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a great read. Not only on the life of one of Australia's most famous poets but an excellent snapshot of Australia in the period leading up to Federation. Also very interesting to see the intersections of Paterson's life with Henry Lawson, who enjoyed none of the advantages or luck that banjo did. Lawson's life was a sad tale all by itself. Highly recommended read.
Deb
I just loved this! So much I did not know about Banjo Paterson. This book is a must for people who love Australian history and trivia. Unbelievable how many historically interesting individuals he met.
Dennis Rutzou
Dec 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a superb book on a subject that should be dear to most Australians. Author Grantlee Kieza, who wrote that excellent bo0k Mrs Kelly (on Ned Kelly's mum) and the best biography of Monash, has excelled himself with this one. I was raised on Banjo Patterson poetry, which my father had committed to memory when he was eight and was still word perfect in his 50s and when it came to choose a poem to memorise and read in second class at primary school, naturally I chose Mulga Bill's Bycycle and ...more
Sean Nonnenmacher
Jan 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very in interesting book about a great Australian. Loved the history and the stories. Would have rated the book higher however, the author almost paints Banjo as a saint, rarely putting a foot wrong. While a fantastic book, I feel there is a lot of untold stories which should have been told in this book.
Geoff
Apr 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fascinating account of one of Australia’s most influential writers at a time when Australian identity was being formed.
Ken Rose
Mar 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I knew that Banjo Paterson wrote Waltzing Matilda and the Man from Snowy River and that was pretty much it. This book showed me there was so much more to his life, from struggling through a dull solicitor job in the city while dreaming of adventures in the bush, to being a war correspondent in the Boer War, and an ambulance driver in World War I. There was his long time rivalry with Henry Lawson, and reading his works on radio soon after it was introduced in Australia. He met Winston Churchill, ...more
Ashley Salta
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a really fascinating insight into early life within early Australian colonies. Kieza tells a story very impartially while drawing interesting comparisons between Banjo's life and the lives of many great people he met.
Brendan Lambourne
Amazing read about an amazing Australian - kept me hooked from the first page.
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