Buckley's Chance with author Garry Linnell

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Level 3, 260 Liverpool Road, Ashfield

Sydney, NSW 2131

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William Buckley was an English soldier - a huge, towering man - who fought against Napoleon’s army more than 200 years ago. Convicted of stealing two pieces of cloth, he was sentenced to death and then shortly after had that sentence commuted to life. He was transported to Australia in 1803 and within months escaped from the very first penal colony set up in Port Phillip Bay.Everyone thought he was dead until one winter’s day in 1835 - 32 years later - when he suddenly reappeared dressed in kangaroo skins, carrying a spear and with a wild mane of long hair and a huge beard. No other white person has ever been immersed in Aboriginal culture like Buckley.

Buckley’s Chance is a profound journey into a turning point in history where cultures clash, bitter rivals go to war and the body count mounts.

Garry Linnell is Australia’s new historical non-fiction superstar. He has been editorial director at Fairfax. Editor of the Daily Telegraph and is a Walkley Award winner. Like the legend of Ned Kelly, Buckley’s story needs to be read to be believed.

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