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Buckley's Hope

Buckley's Hope 2

A Novel

by Craig Robertson
Paperback
Publication Date: 01/08/2002
5/5 Rating 2 Reviews
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'Combines the conflicting elements of Australia's black and white cultures in a uniquely authentic way ... An appealing and sensitive novel ... he has succeeded masterfully.' - Paul Ormonde (Herald Sun) This is a historical novel, based on the true story of a young English convict named William Buckley who, on Boxing Day 1803, escaped from Victoria's abortive first settlement at Sorrento and then survived in the wilderness for thirty-two years, mainly because he was adopted and helped by local aboriginal tribes. In 1835 Buckley emerged with his tribal friends to meet Melbourne's founders, and quickly became an important guide and interpreter in the crucial first years of the European conquest of the Port Phillip region. Suddenly, trapped in the rapidly ensuing conflict between two vastly different societies, Buckley found himself mistrusted by his former black friends and by his white compatriots. He was so harshly reviled that his reputation has suffered to this day. With great sensitivity, and based on meticulous research, Craig Robertson has recreated the fateful encounter between Australia's 'wild white man' and the original inhabitants of the continent. Remarkably, through Buckley's eyes we can see how much was at stake and how much was lost when two worlds collided. The enthralling story of William Buckley's odyssey continues to haunt and challenge us all. Buckley's Hope was originally published by Scribe in 1980, and has never been out of print.
ISBN:
9780908011315
9780908011315
Category:
Historical Fiction
Format:
Paperback
Publication Date:
01-08-2002
Language:
English
Publisher:
Scribe Publications
Country of origin:
Australia
Edition:
2nd Edition
Pages:
304
Dimensions (mm):
198x129x23mm
Weight:
0.29kg
Craig Robertson

Craig Robertson is a Sunday Times bestselling author, and his debut novel, Random, was shortlisted for the CWA New Blood Dagger. His most recent novel, Murderabilia was longlisted for the UK’s top crime fiction awards, including Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year 2017 and the McIlvanney Prize 2017.

During his twenty-year career with a Scottish Sunday newspaper, Craig Robertson interviewed three recent prime ministers and reported on major stories including 9/11, the Dunblane school massacre, the Omagh car bombing, and the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.

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  • For the Lovers Pre Colonial Melbourne History

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    One of the best book on Pre Colonial Melbourne History.

    This is an amazing story of survival that many Australians don't know any of.

    Craig Robertson's book is highly entertaining from the first page. It's one of the few books around that gives great detail on Aboriginal life prior to the European take over.

    Buy it!

  • Highly recommend it!!

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    A great book superbly written with an enormous amount of detail.



    Fantastic insight into aboriginal life around Melbourne and Geelong just prior to the British arriving. Also gives a fascinating historical recollection of early colonial life in Melbourne.



    Now I really know what it means by the phrase Youve got Buckleys Chance



    Highly recommend it!!