New Great Australian Flying Doctor Stories

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HarperCollins Australia, Mar 1, 2011 - History - 288 pages
Truth is stranger than fiction in this fabulous new collection of flying doctor stories from bestselling author Bill 'Swampy' Marsh. 'Where's your thumb?' the doctor asked the injured ringer.'Oh, we stuck it over there on the gatepost, fer safe keepin'.'And just as the doctor turned around to the gatepost, he saw a crow heading skyward, thumb and all. So I don't know how the ringer actually lost his thumb in the first place, but it had certainly gone missing after the crow had flown off with it.From the pilots, doctors and nurses who spread their 'mantle of safety' throughout the remote inland of Australia, as well as the men and women they treat on the ground, comes a brand-new collection of Flying Doctor yarns as told to master storyteller Bill 'Swampy' Marsh.Hear of those whose very lives depend on the Royal Flying Doctor Service, like the man suffering from extreme burns who rode his motorbike eighteen kilometres back across his property to get help while opening and closing every gate along the way because you 'always leave gates as you find them'. Out here, stoicism and a sense of humour go hand in hand, as in the case of the stockman with a compound leg fracture who, when asked by the Flying Doctor if it hurt, replied, 'Oh, it itches a bit.'through fog, lightning, thunder, flooding rains and dust storms, the Flying Doctor braves the elements to get to the remote outback landing strips where they're needed and the tales they live to tell will have you shaking your head in amazement.Featuring the colourful and funny work of legendary Broken Hill artist Howard William Steer, master storyteller Bill 'Swampy' Marsh once again reaches into the the heart and soul of outback Australia with stories of heroism and heartbreak and everything else it takes to live and work in this vast land of ours.
 

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Contents

A Brief History
A Short Little Story
A Team Thing
Almost but not Quite
Are You Sure?
Broken
Burns
Call the Doctor
Looking at the Stars
Memories of Alice Springs
News Flash
Old Ways New Ways
One in a Trillion
Pilatus PC 12
Preordained Destiny
Razor Blades and Saucepans

Camp Pie
Captain Norty
Coen
Dad
Difficult Conditions
Disappearing Flares
Down the Lot
Dr Clyde Fenton
From all Walks of Life
Gymkhanas
Hats off
Heroes of the Outback
I Was the Pilot
If only
In Double Quick Time
In the
In the Beginning
In the Boot
Injections
Joe the Rainmaker
Laura
Lombadina
Long Days Great Times
Looked like Hell
See Yer Later
Speared
Stroke
Stuck
Thats My Job
The Normanton Bell
The Singing
The Sweetest Sound
The Wrong People
Things that Happened
Through a Childs Eyes
Too Close
Watch What You Say
West of the Cooper
What If
Glory GloryThe Flying Doctor Song
The RFDS Today
How You Can Help
Future Projects
Picture Section
About the Author
Contributors
Copyright
Copyright

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About the author (2011)

Bill ‘Swampy' Marsh is an award-winning writer/performer of stories, songs and plays. Based in Adelaide, he is best known for his successful Great Australian series of books published with ABC Books: More Great Australian Flying Doctor Stories (2007), Great Australian Railway Stories (2005), Great Australian Droving Stories (2003), Great Australian Shearing Stories (2001), and Great Australian Flying Doctor Stories (1999).

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