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Publisher's Summary

Birdsville is one of the most remote police postings in Australia. It can be lonely and uneventful for weeks, then the dramas come thick and fast: from desert rescues to rising floods, venomous vipers to visiting VIPs. Throw in heat, dust and flies and it's not a job for the faint-hearted, unless you're Senior Constable Neale McShane, who has single-handedly taken care of a beat the size of Victoria for the past 10 years. Recently retired from this 'hardship posting', Neale and his family thrived on the adventures and colourful times that come with the territory in the furthest corner of our country.

Yarning with friend and best-selling author Evan McHugh, Neale's experiences are humorous and heartfelt. How do you feed 4000 unexpected dinner guests? Where do you find a Chinook helicopter when you need one? Who's your backup when the population explodes for the famous Birdsville Races? And what do you do when you're the person the Flying Doctor is flying out?

Among these inspiring tales of danger and death, dreamers and 'dumb tourists', you'll encounter a little community with a big heart that stands shoulder-to-shoulder with a larger-than-life policeman who's become part of Australia's outback legend.

©2016 Evan McHugh and Neale McShane (P)2017 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd.

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Simply Birdsville a wonderful place.

Having worked at Birdsville in 2004 it was great to travel back there in the form of this wonderful book . Birdsville and its people are a must do for every adventurous Australian .
Many thanks Neale.

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Good yarn but....

This is actually a good yarn and easy to listen to but I am not a fan of a lot of swearing so I have decided to return this book.

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Interesting

Some really interesting events described. A special place obviously.
Worth a listen for travellers. A bit braggy at the end. Could have left self promotion out of the book.
Wishing him well in retirement.

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A great story about a truly humble man.

The right man for this job, i loved the story of his time as the Birdsville Cop.

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Good Ausie Read

Easy listening and a few laughs thrown in. If you like the Aust outback you should enjoy this one.

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Easy listening!

great book! definitely made me want to head back to Birdsville. kept me very entertained