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Banjo

Narrated by: Peter Byrne
Length: 16 hrs and 54 mins
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Balladeer, bushman, soldier, foreign correspondent - the remarkable life of Australia's greatest storyteller. 

A. B. ‘Banjo’ Paterson is rightly recognised as Australia’s greatest storyteller and most celebrated poet, the boy from the bush who became the voice of a generation. He gave us our unofficial national anthem, ‘Waltzing Matilda’, and treasured ballads such as ‘The Man from Snowy River’ and ‘Clancy of the Overflow’, vivid creations that helped to define our national identity. 

But there is more, much more, to Banjo’s story, and in this landmark biography, award-winning writer Grantlee Kieza chronicles a rich and varied life, one that straddled two centuries and saw Australia transform from a far-flung colony to a fully fledged nation. 

Born in the bush, as a child Banjo rode his pony to a one-room school along a trail frequented by outlaw Ben Hall. As a young man he befriended Breaker Morant and covered the second Boer War as a reporter. He fudged his age to enlist during World War I, ultimately driving an ambulance before commanding a horse training unit during that conflict. 

Newspaper editor, columnist, foreign correspondent and ABC broadcaster, he knew countless luminaries of his time, including Rudyard Kipling, Winston Churchill, Field Marshal Haig and Henry Lawson. The tennis ace, notorious ladies’ man, brilliant jockey and celebrated polo player was an eyewitness to countless key moments in Australian history and saw Carbine and Phar Lap race. 

Extensively researched and written with Kieza’s trademark verve, Banjo is a lively and captivating portrait of this truly great Australian. 

©2018 Grantlee Kieza (P)2018 Bolinda

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What a great yarn

A great yarn beautifully read. I never knew Banjo packed so much into his life. Very enjoyable

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Very Interesting

This is a very interesting biography which details otherwise unknown facts regarding Banjo Patterson's colourful life. Having Henry Lawson's life described alongside that of Banjo's was doubly interesting. I thought it was a little slow to begin with but the description of Banjo's family lineage was necessary early on in order to give meaning to Banjo's tilt on life. The difference between Banjo's career opportunities and those of Henry Lawson's could not have been more marked. The narration was clear and enthusiastic. Overall I found this book to be a worthwhile listen.

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Opened my eyes to an exceptional Aussie

Absolutely adore his literary works and his enduring legacy to our wonderful country. Now I’m the full bottle on what kind of man he was. A truly inspirational human being. Thank you Graham Kieza for your thorough research and creativity in writing this exceptional account of Banjo’s life.

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Interesting enough but too dry

I love the verse and stories of AB Patterson, yet this becomes dry to listen to. It’s genealogy doesn’t make for fascination in my view. I imagine it’s a very useful book for English students. The narration is fine as usual by Peter Byrne.

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