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Hard Times: A Runaway's Adventures in the Americas

Jack Mercer Brett Pierce


Transit Press

Travel writing


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In the spirit of A. B. Facey’s A Fortunate Life, Jack Mercer’s Hard Times is the true story of the author’s amazing adventures. In 1911, growing up in an Ararat pub, he faces the terror of a violent stepfather and a mother who barely acknowledges his existence. But one thing keeps him sane: a plan to run. And once he starts running a page turning story begins. From early Werribee, Sydney, life aboard a Norwegian barque, Chile, Patagonia and Buenos Aires, to working as an elevator boy in New York and riding the trains as a tramp in Virginia, Jack Mercer’s hard times and wonderful times capture our every attention.

By:   Jack Mercer
Foreword by:   Brett Pierce
Imprint:   Transit Press
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 230mm,  Width: 153mm, 
ISBN:   9781921924477
ISBN 10:   1921924470
Publication Date:   August 2013
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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