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Living Legends - True Tales of Extraordinary Old-Timers

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Author:   Sandy Thorne
Publisher:   Penguin Books
Format:   Softback
ISBN:   9781921901379
Product Id:   5330

 

Meet a cast of remarkable Australians - jacks and jills of all trades with a wealth of experiences from the good old days to modern times. Hailing from all walks of life, they share their memories with renowned yarn spinner Sandy Thorne in a collection of stories full of wisdom and wit.

There's Danny, the champion jockey who refuses to ever truly hang up the saddle; Dusty, the WWII rear gunner who survived thirty raids over Germany; and Dot, the seemingly dainty 97 year old who was once a bullocky's offsider. Then there's Bob, who's been a truckie, fighter, croc wrestler and lotto winner; Doris, the once hard toiling dairy farmer who's as chirpy as a willy-wagtail; and Roy, the Vietnam vet turned champion water skier. Between them, the fourteen Aussies (and one Kiwi!) in this book have survived the Depression, seen world wars come and go and witnessed monumental changes in everyday life.

Through their stories, Sandy finds the elements that make up the classic Australian character; a no-nonsense, never-give-up approach to life that means these people are still firing on all cylinders in their eighties and nineties, and truly embody what it means to be a living legend.