The Fabulist: The Incredible Story of Louis De Rougemont

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Random House Australia, 2006 - Impostors and imposture - 292 pages
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THE FABULIST tells one of Australian history's most extraordinary, entertaining and controversial stories - the life and times of adventurer, seer and explorer Louis de Rougemont. Louis burst into public consciousness in 1898 when he arrived in London, announcing that he was a French adventurer who had survived shipwreck and lived for nearly thirty years as the king of an Aboriginal tribe in remotest north-west Australia. Louis mesmerised audiences across Britain and Europe with tales of giant octopuses, pelicans who shared their meals with him, flying wombats, cannibal feasts, quasi-homeric quests and regular joy-rides on turtles. His tales won the endorsement of the most prestigious scientific associations of the day, but jealousy, then as now, was rife in the scientific community, and Louis's story - and identity - were soon called into question. Who was this intriguing man, and where had he really come from? And who was Henri Grin? Author Rod Howard skilfully recounts the mysterious Louis's meteoric rise to fame and the fierce battle sparked by the serial publication of his adventures in the pages of Britain's most popular magazine, The Wide World.

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Contents

Strange Cargo
1
Chance Encounters
8
The Wide World
19
Copyright

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About the author (2006)

Rod was born in Melbourne and studied arts/law at Melbourne and Sydney universities. Much to his father's chagrin, he shunned a life in the law to pursue a precarious career in music and writing, joining Sydney band Wet Taxis in 1985 and touring Australia supporting musical luminaries such as Midnight Oil. Failure to reach their lofty heights or eke the merest pittance from rock and roll saw him return to Melbourne in 1988 and numerous contract writing jobs including hardware store catalogues, mayoral speeches, an adult word game and a romance fiction novel for ACP entitled Lines of Power. When the romance of writing failed to pay the bills, Rod took to escorting more successful authors around Australia, working as a freelance publicist for Penguin Books and subsequently as Publicity Manager for Reed Books Australia. In 1996 Rod left the publishing industry to re-kindle his career in writing. Since that time he has worked as a freelance journalist, speechwriter and advertising copywriter. His feature articles have appeared in many Australian newspapers and magazines including The Australian, The Herald Sun, Inside Sport and Melbourne Magazine. Rod's most recent book was a history/guide to modern matrimonial manners and rituals entitled Getting Hitched. He currently lives in Prahran with his partner Catherine and their two young children Max and Charlie.

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