The Ballad of Les Darcy

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HarperCollins Australia, Jun 1, 2010 - History - 256 pages
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An Australian hero torn between family and country

'Put Les Darcy in a uniform and the men of Australia will march to hell behind him.' that was the message trained on Australia's great 'Blacksmith Boxer', 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.

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Sad tale of the gifted boxer who became famous at the same time as the conscription debate of 1915. He wanted to box on for a while, including in America, to financially set up his family, but became ... Read full review

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Not one of my favourite books on the subject of my cousin. Don't know of any family members who are a great fan of this book. It contains some errors. Met the author in 2009, sorry to say he is one of the rudest most arrogant men I've ever met!

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Peter FitzSimons is a journalist with the Sydney Morning Herald and Sun-Herald. He is the author of over twenty-seven books - including biographies of Charles Kingsford Smith, Nancy Wake, Kim Beazley, Nene King, Nick Farr-Jones, Steve Waugh and John Eales - and is one of Australia's biggest selling non-fiction authors of the last fifteen years.

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