The Sliprails Are Down
by Gordon Broughton
Illustrated by Michael Brett
Macmillan, 1966, [First Edition], two-tone illustrations in text, hardcover, dustjacket
Very Good Condition, a little edge and shelf wear, a little rubbing and bumping to edges and corners, previous owners gift inscription on front endpaper, previous store stamp to title page, dustjacket shows some edge and shelf wear with some rubbing, bumping, creasing, chipping and small tears and small part missing from bottom front, some discolouration to jacket (see photographs)
“This is a true story of adventure by an Australian whose first memories are of travelling in a Cobb & Co. coach, early one summer’s morning in 1891, from the dusty town of Deniliquin to the railhead at Hay.
Trained to use a gun at nine, the author knew every facet of the bush life as a boy. By the time he was grown up, he was riding newly broken horses, swimming flooded rivers, rounding up cattle, and shoeing horses on an 1800 square mile sheep station belonging to one of the Durack clan.
The scene switches to Shanghai, then in the throes of revolution, where the author served in the Military Police. This was followed by three years in a lumber camp in the steamy jungle of the Philippine Islands, until illness intervened, and then the 1914 war started him on another series of adventures.
This story is typical of the lives of many Australian men born in the last century and contains all the excitement which every lover of adventure longs for.”