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Alternative title: Bill the Bastard : The Story of Australia's Greatest War Horse
Issue Details: First known date: 2012... 2012 Bill the Bastard
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'An epic yarn based on the true story of a great Australian war horse who rode with bravery and valour at Gallipoli, the desert campaigns of Egypt, and Palestine. Bill was massive. He had power, intelligence and unmatched courage and in performance and character he stood above all the other 200,000 Australian horses sent to the Middle East in the Great War. But as war horses go he had one serious problem. He was unrideable except by a single man, Major Michael Shanahan. Bill, it seemed, was reliable in every way including his ability to unseat men from his saddle. Some even thought he took a sneering pleasure in watching would-be riders hit the dust. Bill the Bastard is the remarkable tale of a bond between a determined trooper and his stoic but cantankerous mount. They fought together. They depended on each other for their survival. And when the chips were down, Bill's heroic efforts and exceptional instincts in battle saved the lives of Shanahan and four of his men. By September 1918, Bill the Bastard was so named, not as an insult, but as a term of endearment from the entire Light Horse force. He had become a legend, a symbol of the courage and unbreakable will of the Anzac mounted force. There was no other horse like Bill the Bastard.' (Trove record)

Notes

  • Dedication: To Sheena, who loved her grandfather: Major Michael Shanahan DSO
  • Epigraph: With never a sound of trumpet,/ With never a flag displayed,/ The last of the old campaigners/ Lined up for the last parade.
  • Biography in novel form.
  • Other formats: Also sound recording.
  • Other formats: Also large print.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Sydney, New South Wales,: Allen and Unwin , 2012 .
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      Image courtesy of Allen & Unwin
      Extent: viii, 274p.
      ISBN: 9781743312629 (pbk.)

Works about this Work

Untitled Samantha Thomas , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: Inscribe , Summer no. 7 2013; (p. 30)

— Review of Bill the Bastard Roland Perry , 2012 single work biography
In Short : Non-Fiction Steven Carroll , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 24 November 2012; (p. 24) The Saturday Age , 24 November 2012; (p. 28) The Sydney Morning Herald , 24-25 November 2012; (p. 37)

— Review of Bill the Bastard Roland Perry , 2012 single work biography
In Short : Non-Fiction Steven Carroll , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 24 November 2012; (p. 24) The Saturday Age , 24 November 2012; (p. 28) The Sydney Morning Herald , 24-25 November 2012; (p. 37)

— Review of Bill the Bastard Roland Perry , 2012 single work biography
Untitled Samantha Thomas , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: Inscribe , Summer no. 7 2013; (p. 30)

— Review of Bill the Bastard Roland Perry , 2012 single work biography
Last amended 18 Nov 2013 14:40:01
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