By James Knight
Today such a lot people be aware of that Henry Lawson and Andrew 'Banjo' Paterson have been recognized writers. we all know approximately Matilda, Clancy of the Overflow and the guy from Snowy River; The Drover's spouse, whereas the Billy Boils and Joe Wilson and his friends, yet little else. right here, in a compelling and fascinating paintings, James Knight brings Henry and Banjo's personal tales to existence. and there's a lot to tell.
Both have been state born, simply 3 years and 3 hundred kilometres aside, Henry at the goldfields of Grenfell and Banjo on a estate close to Orange, yet their paths to literary immortality took very various routes - certainly now and then their lives have been ones of savage and all too tragic contrasts. Banjo, born right into a lifetime of comparative privilege, may upward push from kingdom boy to Sydney Grammar pupil, solicitor, journalist, battle correspondent and respected guy approximately city. Henry's formal schooling merely all started whilst his feminist mom ultimately received her conflict for an area institution yet disease and next deafness might make carrying on with his classes tough, seeing him locate paintings as a labourer, a trainer painter and a journalist, the entire whereas wrestling with poverty, alcoholism and psychological disorder. either males might develop into loved ones names in the course of their lifetimes. either could have regrets.
Henry and Banjo information really attention-grabbing lives and delves into the well-known (and now not so well-known) writings of the 2 males who had the facility to steer and alter Australia.
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