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The Scandalous Freddie McEvoy

The Scandalous Freddie McEvoy

The True Story of the Swashbuckling Australian Rogue

by Frank Walker

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 25/09/2018

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Swashbuckler, daredevil racing-car champion, Winter Olympian, gambler, smuggler, scoundrel, stud and suspected spy - this is the fascinating story of the scandalous Freddie McEvoy.

Born in Melbourne in 1907, Freddie's life took him from socialising with a young Errol Flynn in Sydney and on to the French Riviera in the heady years leading up to World War II.

With his dashing good looks and charm, Freddie lived a swashbuckling life, quickly figuring out his path to easy fortune was through lonely rich women. World War II didn't stop Freddie's hedonistic pursuits - he skipped enlistment for Australia and Britain to party on in Hollywood, where he renewed his friendship with the now infamous Errol Flynn. Always short of cash, Freddie smuggled guns and diamonds on his yacht between California and Mexico and was rumoured to have worked as a spy.

It was a life lived large and Freddie's death in 1951 was under the most mysterious circumstances off the coast of Morocco: his body was found naked and scalped . . .

Frank Walker, bestselling author of The Tiger Man of Vietnam and Maralinga, has for the first time uncovered the complete, outrageous and incredible true story of Freddie McEvoy, Australia's daredevil Lothario.

'Freddie was one of the great livers of life. He lived it the way he saw it - he didn't give a hoot.' Errol Flynn

'Pleasure is my business.'
Freddie McEvoy

'an extraordinary yarn . . . finely researched' Sun-Herald on Frank Walker's Ghost Platoon

ISBN:
9780733639876
9780733639876
Category:
Biography: general
Format:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
25-09-2018
Language:
English
Publisher:
Hachette Australia
Country of origin:
Australia
Dimensions (mm):
233x153x26mm
Weight:
0.42kg
Frank Walker

Frank Walker is a veteran journalist. His newspaper roles have included being chief reporter for the Sun-Herald covering defence, veterans' affairs, national security and terrorism.

He's also worked on the Sydney Morning Herald, the National Times, for News Limited in New York, and for Deutsche Welle international radio in Germany.

In 2009, Hachette published his first book, The Tiger Man of Vietnam the remarkable true story of the secret war of Captain Barry Petersen in the Central Highlands of Vietnam.

It was a bestseller. Frank followed this with his bestselling Ghost Platoon in 2012, Maralinga in 2014 and Commandos in 2015. He lives in Sydney with his family.

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