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The Life and Times of Frank 'Bumper' Farrell

Larry Writer

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Hachette Australia
01 September 2017
Biography; Autobiography: general; Police & security services
The sprawling saga of legendary Australian cop, Bumper Farrell, the most feared and revered policeman in Australia's history.

Frank 'Bumper' Farrell was the roughest, toughest street cop and vice-squad leader Australia has ever seen. Strong as a bull, with cauliflowered ears and fists like hams, Bumper's beat from 1938 to 1976 was the most lawless in the land - the mean streets of Kings Cross and inner Sydney. His adversaries were such notorious criminals as Abe Saffron, Lennie McPherson, Tilly Devine and Kate Leigh and their gangs as well as the hooligans, sly groggers, SP bookies, pimps and spivs.

Criminals knew just where they stood: he would catch them, he would hurt them, and then he would lock them away. He was a legendary Rugby League player for Newtown, and represented Australia against England and New Zealand.

Here's Bumper Farrell in brutal, passionate and hilarious action... saving Ita Buttrose from a stalker; sparking a national scandal when accused of biting off a rival player's ear; beating Lennie McPherson so severely the hard man cried; single-handedly fighting a mob of gangsters in Kings Cross and winning; terrorising the hoons who harassed the prostitutes in the brothel lanes by driving over the top of them; commandeering the police launch to take him home to his beach home, diving overboard in full uniform and catching a wave to shore; dispensing kindness and charity to the poor.
By:   Larry Writer
Imprint:   Hachette Australia
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 199mm,  Width: 133mm,  Spine: 33mm
Weight:   386g
ISBN:   9780733637353
ISBN 10:   0733637353
Pages:   416
Publication Date:   01 September 2017
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Larry Writer is the author of a number of books, including bestsellers the Ned Kelly Award-winning RAZOR, and PLEASURE AND PAIN. Larry is also an experienced journalist and in recent years has written for the WEEKEND AUSTRALIAN, AUSTRALIAN FINANCIAL REVIEW and the SYDNEY MORNING HERALD.

Reviews for Bumper: The Life and Times of Frank 'Bumper' Farrell

chockers with anecdotes about his life and times on and off the field. - Peter FitzSimons fascinating ... [a] fine biography - SYDNEY MORNING HERALD a tough cop, in a tough place, in a tough time ... a fascinating but but flawed man ... Bumper Farrell made his own rules and enforced them. - HERALD SUN


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