yBroken DreamsBill Dodd,
St Lucia:University of Queensland Press,1992Z5023101992selected work life story poetry
'When eighteen-year-old Bill Dodd dived into the Maranoa River his life changed in an instant. This young larrikin had enjoyed many adventures as a stockman on a remote station; now he was a quadriplegic. His boxing, running and football days were over, and he would never ride a horse again.
Bill's story begins with a high-spirited childhood in smalltown Queensland, a time of youthful humour and energy. The sudden death of his stockman father affects Bill deeply and he rebels, before himself choosing the exciting life of an apprentice stockman.
Waking up in the intensive care spinal unit, he faces the consequences of his accident and slowly builds a new life.
...Bill's story was written with the aid of a specially designed finger splint, and a typewriter donated by the people of Mitchell, his hometown.' Source: Publisher's blurb