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Moonlite: The Tragic Love Story of Captain Moonlite and the Bloody End of the Bushrangers

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Charismatic, intelligent and handsome, George Scott is unlike any other bushranger. Born into a privileged life in famine-wracked Ireland, Scott’s family loses its fortune and is forced to flee to New Zealand. There, Scott joins the local militia and fights as a soldier against the Maori in the brutal New Zealand wars.

After recovering from a series of serious gunshot wound
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Paperback, 368 pages
Expected publication: February 1st 2021 by Michael Joseph Australia
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Infamous Sphere
Dec 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, lgbtqi
OH MY POOR GAY HEART.

My girlfriend and I both read this book at the same time. I'm still astonished that people don't seem to know Captain Moonlite was gay, as I had previously thought it was the one thing anyone knew about him, but neither of my parents knew. But this story of two very unlucky men who found love with each other in really not great circumstances, oh, it made me emotional - and Moonlite's commitment to publicly discussing and documenting what he felt for James Nesbitt seems almo
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Aidan Phelan
Sep 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
In 2013 Paul Terry published what was rightly considered the most definitive account of the life of Andrew George Scott up to that point. Drawing on many sources, some of which had only recently been discovered, Terry’s In Search of Captain Moonlite was detailed but easy to read. Yet it left the reader wanting more. Now we have Garry Linnell’s Moonlite taking on the challenge and not merely rising to the occasion but usurping the throne.

Very few authors have really sunk their teeth into the Moon
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Sean Kennedy
Nov 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This should become a limited series on the ABC or Netflix. It’s a story begging to be told on the screen.
Viola
Oct 12, 2020 added it
Note Gary Linnell interviewed by ABC Radio National Late Night Live show presenter Phillip Adams.

In 1880 Captain Moonlite was one of the last bushrangers to be caught and executed- only months before Ned Kelly. But George Scott AKA Captain Moonlite was a very different kind of bushranger. His exploits are brought to life in Garry Linnell’s new book.

Duration: 23min 44sec
Broadcast: Wed 7 Oct 2020, 10:40pm
Guest Garry Linnell, Author & Journalist.


https://www.abc.net.au/radionational/...

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Greg
Dec 02, 2020 rated it liked it
One of the notes on back cover of this book is "Meticulously researched and told at a cracking pace". It is certainly very well researched, the actual excerpts and story woven from Moonlite's letters and newspapers articles and other archives of the time is very well done. Linnell does a great job building Moonlite's character and you really get a sense of this man, good and bad.

I would disagree on the cracking pace though, at least for the first half of the book. Linnell seems to want to not o
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Mark Latchford
Jan 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
A tale well worth telling again and again. Australian bush ranger Captain Moonlite was the most educated and charismatic of his ilk. In this well researched book the author unpacks Moonlite’s own biography but neatly segues into the side stories of his colleagues, his judge, his executioner and of course his (male) lover and fellow bush ranger. Moreover he gives a good overview of the bush ranger history, their origins, motivations and eventual demise. The narrative flows smoothly and swiftly as ...more
Giovanna Walker
Jan 20, 2021 rated it really liked it
A great insight into Australian history, one that is anything but dry. Linnell has researched and makes the characters 'real'. History books can often be dry and academic - this is anything but - thank goodness! The language is engaging, easy to read, it does jump around with various stories, but all relate back to the bushranger legend. It makes history accessible and interesting to a modern audience, whilst evoking the feelings and mores of the time. It's a fresh look at bushrangers, stripping ...more
Claire Louise
Oct 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A very thoroughly researched masterpiece of historical storytelling. The author's even-handed touch is perfect for this subject, taking the reader right back with him to the Australia of the late 1800s, there to consider the circumstances surrounding one of the country's most notorious bushrangers, Andrew George Scott, the self-styled 'Captain Moonlite'.

I highly recommend this if you are interested in Australian history. It's fascinating and moves along so well it's hard to put down.
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Matt
Nov 28, 2020 rated it liked it
An interesting story, but I found the story jumping around a bit too much...
MelbaMan
Dec 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a birthday gift.
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