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Breaker Morant

Peter FitzSimons

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01 November 2020
The epic story of the Boer War and Harry 'Breaker' Morant - drover, horseman, bush poet, murderer or hero?

Most Australians have heard of the Boer War and Harry 'Breaker' Morant, a figure who rivals Ned Kelly as an archetypal Australian folk hero. But Morant was a complicated man. Born in England and immigrating to Queensland in 1883, he established a reputation as a rider, polo player and poet who submitted ballads to The Bulletin and counted Banjo Paterson as a friend. Travelling on his wits and the goodwill of others, Morant was quick to act when appeals were made for horsemen to serve in the war in South Africa. He joined up, first with the South Australian Mounted Rifles, then with a South African irregular unit, the Bushveldt Carbineers.

The adventure would not go as Breaker planned. In October 1901, Lieutenant Harry Morant and two other Australians - Lieutenants Peter Handcock and George Witton - were arrested for the murder of Boer prisoners. Morant and Handcock were court-martialled and executed in February 1902, just as the Boer War was in its closing stages, but the debate over their convictions continues to this day.

With his masterful command of story, Peter FitzSimons takes us to the harsh landscape of southern Africa and into the bloody action of war against an unpredictable force that used modern commando tactics. The truths FitzSimons uncovers in Breaker Morant about the part Morant played in the Boer War are truly astonishing. Finally we learn whether Breaker was a hero, a cad, a scapegoat or a criminal.
By:   Peter FitzSimons
Imprint:   Hachette
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 243mm,  Width: 165mm,  Spine: 52mm
Weight:   910g
ISBN:   9780733641305
ISBN 10:   073364130X
Pages:   576
Publication Date:   01 November 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Peter FitzSimons is Australia's bestselling non-fiction writer, and for the past 30 years has also been a journalist and columnist with the SYDNEY MORNING HERALD and the SUN-HERALD. He is the author of a number of highly successful books, including BURKE AND WILLS, MONASH'S MASTERPIECE, KOKODA, NED KELLY and GALLIPOLI, as well as biographies of such notable Australians as Sir Douglas Mawson, Nancy Wake and Nick Farr-Jones. His passion is to tell Australian stories, our own stories: of great men and women, of stirring events in our history. Peter grew up on a farm north of Sydney, went to boarding school in Sydney and attended Sydney University. An ex-Wallaby, he also lived for several years in rural France and Italy, playing rugby for regional clubs. He and his wife Lisa Wilkinson - journalist, magazine editor and television presenter - have three children; they live in Sydney.

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