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'To Hell and High Water tells the story of the quest of two brothers to conquer the extreme conditions of outback Australia, recreating the Bourke to Hungerford "tramp" that influenced some of Australian literary legend Henry Lawson's greatest works.

'The book is part autobiography and part biography. It is an autobiography of the author's experiences with his brother overcoming significant obstacles to achieve his dream of walking in Lawson's footsteps. It paints a vivid picture of some of Australia's most remote country, the challenges and dangers, the heat, the distance, mosquitoes, blisters and thirst.

'At the same time it blends in the biography of Henry Lawson's captivating life including his marriage, struggles with alcoholism, his suicide attempt, influences upon his writing and his ideals of mateship. Extracts of Lawson's own writing have been carefully selected and woven into the narrative in a manner that draws parallels between the two experiences and offers fresh insights into his life.

'It is a story both of Australia's past and Australia's present—in fact a relatively little known past and present. As Henry Lawson wrote: "And in the land of Lord-knows-where— Right up and furthest out— You find a new Australia there— That we know nought about."

'This is an opportunity for readers to find out about an Australia that they know "nought about." This book is also the story of an ordinary person achieving extraordinary things through unwavering mateship and a dogged determination never to give up.' (From the publisher's website.)

Notes

  • Book launched in Melbourne at the Kaleide Theatre, RMIT Building 6 Swanston St, Melbourne on 23 August 2012.
  • Includes reference to the influence of Henry Lawson on Gregory Bryan.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Newport, Northern Beaches area, Sydney Northeastern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: Big Sky Publishing , 2012 .
      Extent: x, 358p., [32]p. of platesp.
      Description: illus. (chiefly col.), ports
      Note/s:
      • Includes bibliographical references.
      • Publication date: 1 August 2012.
      ISBN: 9781921941788 (pbk.), 9781921941832 (ebk.)

Works about this Work

Armchair Journey Bruce Elder , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Saturday Age , 13 October 2012; (p. 5) The Sydney Morning Herald , 13-14 October 2012; (p. 5)

— Review of To Hell and High Water: Walking in the Footsteps of Henry Lawson Gregory Bryan , 2012 single work autobiography
Armchair Journey Bruce Elder , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Saturday Age , 13 October 2012; (p. 5) The Sydney Morning Herald , 13-14 October 2012; (p. 5)

— Review of To Hell and High Water: Walking in the Footsteps of Henry Lawson Gregory Bryan , 2012 single work autobiography
Last amended 23 Aug 2012 09:49:46
Subjects:
  • Bourke - Brewarrina area, Far West NSW, New South Wales,
  • Cunnamulla area, South West Queensland, Queensland,
  • 2011
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