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Issue Details: First known date: 2019... 2019 Buckley's Chance
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'The greatest Australian story never told - until now.

'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 [sic] 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.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Sydney, New South Wales,: Michael Joseph , 2019 .
      image of person or book cover 2856260880692459916.jpg
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      Extent: 368p.p.
      Note/s:
      • Published 1 October 2019.
      ISBN: 9780143795742

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Works about this Work

The Man Trapped between Tribes Meg Keneally , 2019 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 19 October 2019; (p. 22)

— Review of Buckley's Chance Garry Linnell , 2019 single work biography

'It is widely believed the phrase “Buckley’s chance” refers to William Buckley, an escaped convict who staggered out of the bush in 1835, dressed in kangaroo and possum skins and carrying a spear and a club. He had survived for 30 years, having been taken in by the Wadawurrung ­people. At the time, the story of the Wild White Man gripped the public imagination.' (Introduction)

The Man Trapped between Tribes Meg Keneally , 2019 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 19 October 2019; (p. 22)

— Review of Buckley's Chance Garry Linnell , 2019 single work biography

'It is widely believed the phrase “Buckley’s chance” refers to William Buckley, an escaped convict who staggered out of the bush in 1835, dressed in kangaroo and possum skins and carrying a spear and a club. He had survived for 30 years, having been taken in by the Wadawurrung ­people. At the time, the story of the Wild White Man gripped the public imagination.' (Introduction)

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