Buckley's chance : the incredible true story of William Buckley and how he conquered a new world
Linnell, Garry, 1963- author.

Buckley's chance : the incredible true story of William Buckley and how he conquered a new world

Linnell, Garry, 1963- author.


Personal Author
Linnell, Garry, 1963- author.

Publication Information
[Melbourne, Victoria] ; [North Sydney, New South Wales] : Michael Joseph, an imprint of Penguin Books, 2019.

Physical Description
xxi, 340 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly colour), maps, portraits ; 24 cm

General Note
"A new era of Australian storytelling" -- Cover.

He fought Napoleon's army and survived. He was sent to the gallows and escaped the noose. Now he is in chains and on his way to the other side of the world. What happens next will become one of the most remarkable survival stories in history. The 19th century has just begun. The world is at war. England, ruled by a mad king, is exiling thousands of criminals to an old land that has become its newest dumping ground. One of those prisoners is William Buckley, barely 21, a former soldier sentenced to life for stealing two small pieces of cloth. He's a giant for his times. But it's not just his towering frame that sets him apart. It's his desire for freedom that will make his story so unique - even in an era famous for outrageous acts of bravery and heroism. On a moonlit night Buckley escapes and disappears into the Australian bush. Discovered and adopted by an aboriginal tribe who regard him as a ghost, he is initiated into their rich and complex culture. Given up for dead by his white captors, he will not be seen again for more than 30 years until he emerges one day...carrying a spear, dressed in animal skins and having forgotten the English language. Buckley's Chance is a profound journey into a turning point in history where cultures clash, bitter rivals go to war and the body count mounts. It's also the story of a man who refuses to be held down. A man prepared to defy all odds and take a chance. Buckley's chance.

Personal Subject
Buckley, William, 1780-1856.

Subject Term
Fugitives from justice -- Victoria.
Aboriginal Australians -- Social life and customs.
Aboriginal Australians -- Victoria -- History.

Geographic Term
Australia -- Colonization -- History.
Victoria -- History -- To 1834.
Victoria -- History -- 1834-1851.


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Constitution HillBook364.1 LINNConstitution HillAboriginal Adult Non-fiction
EppingBook364.1 LINNEppingAboriginal Adult Non-fiction
ParramattaBook364.1 LINNParramattaAboriginal Adult Non-fiction
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