Australian Heist

Australian Heist 1

by James Phelps

Hardback Publication Date: 01/08/2018

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RRP  $39.99 $31.50

Australia's Number 1 True Crime Writer on Australia's Greatest Gold Robbery.

Why our Staff Love Australian Heist:

Sometimes it’s easy to feel that all the great Australian stories have been told and that our young colonial history has been done and dusted. With this book, James Phelps neatly knocks that idea sideways. Australian Heist brings to light the amazing story of the biggest gold heist in Australian history, a tale of audacious bushrangers escaping with 82.5kg of gold on horseback through the wild bushland of central-west NSW in 1862.

A read of this brilliant yarn of a book will leave you wondering why this crime isn’t notorious. This is a classic wild west adventure, a gang-versus-coppers standoff and chase, full of crazy characters doing crazy things in rugged places. Phelps tells the narrative in full action-fiction mode, the great bushrangers Frank Gardiner and Ben Hall pitted against the befuddled but dogged Inspector Pottinger in a battle of wits and damned luck. The style is cinematic and thrill-packed, leavened by moments of slapstick and twists - we’d recommend this as a great Father’s Day gift!

Book Description:

In June 15, 1862 a gang of bushrangers pulled off the largest Gold Robbery in Australia's history at Eugowra Rocks. The gang escaped with bank notes and 82.5kg of gold worth today about $15 million. It remains Australia's largest gold robbery.

The story of how Ben Hall, Frank Gardiner, John O'Mealley, John Gilbert, Harry Manns, Alex Fordyce, John Bow and Dan Charters - planned and executed the robbery and what happened to all that gold is the stuff of a brilliant, modern, exciting crime book.

This is Australian history on the very best crime-writing steroids from Australia's number one true crime writer.

True crime
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HarperCollins Publishers (Australia) Pty Ltd
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James Phelps

James Phelps is an award-winning senior reporter for the Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph in Sydney. He began as on overnight police rounds reporter before moving into sport, where he became one of Australia's best news-breaking rugby league reporters.

James became News Corp Australia's Chief National Motorsports Writer and travelled the world, chasing F1 stories as well as becoming Australia's number one V8 Supercar reporter. James is also a senior feature writer for the Sunday Telegraph.

Following the bestselling Dick Johnson: The Autobiography of a True-Blue Aussie Sporting Legend, James returned to his roots to delve into the criminal underworld with a series of crime books: Australia's Hardest Prison: Inside the Walls of Long Bay Jail; Australia's Most Murderous Prison; and Australia's Toughest Prisons: Inmates. James is a twice V8 Supercar media award winner and a former News Awards 'Young Journalist of the Year' and 'Sport Reporter of the Year'.

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  • Australia First & greatest

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    A great read. written in a factual but entertaining way, supplying interesting facts about our past history like our bushrangers being the 1st to commit such a large scale robbery.