The Ballad of Les Darcy

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HarperCollins Australia, Jun 1, 2010 - History - 256 pages
11 Reviews
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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Review: The Ballad of Les Darcy

User Review  - Julie Bye - Goodreads

I dislike boxing but I love Australian history. Fitzsimmons has captured a sense of Darcy's era. His writing style is easy and the book took no time at all to read. Boxing fans will enjoy it even more ... Read full review

Review: The Ballad of Les Darcy

User Review  - Chris Walker - Goodreads

This is a great yarn. It is much more than a story about an Australian boxing legend. You don't even need to know who Les Darcy was (I didn't). It captures the history and thinking of the times very well and describes the poignant predicament Darcy found himself in and the sad results. Read full review

Contents

INTRODUCTION
1Way Back When
2Let Slip the Dogs of War
3Heroes
Photographic Insert
4A Cold Win Blows
5America
EPILOGUE
CHARLES KINGSFORD SMITH AND THOSE MAGNIFICENT MEN
TOBRUK ILLUSTRATED
NANCY WAKE
GREAT AUSTRALIAN SPORTS CHAMPIONS
About the Author
Praise for The Ballad of Les Darcy
Also By Peter Fitzsimons
Copyright

ENDNOTES
SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY
About the Publisher
Copyright

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