That was the message Australia's great "Blacksmith Boxer" was getting, as debate about conscription raged in the middle of World War I. The problem was that Les Darcy didn't want to march at the fore of such a procession, nor to such a destination. He wanted to continue what he had been doing to extraordinary acclaim before the war began - taking on the best boxers the world could throw at him, and lifting his entire family out of poverty as he did so. Torn between the duty he felt he owed his family, and the duty many felt he owed his country, Les made his choice ... and faced the consequences.
And so unfolds a ballad of love, war, betrayal, mystery, patriotism and heroism; a ballad of a champion whose story still has the power to move the stoniest heart.
©2008 Peter Fitzsimons; (P)2008 Bolinda Publishing
Great story about a man of principals treated poorly by the power brokers of the day. Goes to show that the colour of your skin does not always mean you are treated well.
I wish I had been able to read this when I was younger.
"A great story"
A great story. Well worth the credit despite being less than 6 hours long. I normally listen to books to fill in time, but once I started to listen to this, I made the time to hear it through. Only second to The True Story Of The Ned Kelly Gang (available from audible in some regions). Who would have thought an old lock would be capable of this!
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