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Description: In 1860, Australia remained the truly dark continent. Although there were European settlements in its south, much of the north remained unknown and dangerous. But things were changing. On 20th August, 1860, The Victorian Exploring Expedition left Melbourne to make the journey into the Gulf of Carpentaria in the northern coast. The expedition was headed by an Irish policeman called Robert O' Hara Burke - a charmer, gambler, and a man infamous for taking long baths in his back garden. Burke and his team of eighteen men made a confident start. After leaving most of the group behind in Cooper Creek (in central Australia), three of the party, including Burke, reached the Carpentaria. They were the first ever to do so. But the journey back was riddled with mishap and bad luck. By the time the three had returned to Cooper Creek, exhausted and starving, they discovered that the rest of the party had retreated, leaving behind only a carved message on a coolibah tree. The Dig Tree is the tale of this tragic expedition. Sarah Murgatroyd brings the story vividly alive - the political events in the background, the colourful characters, the spectacular and, often, unforgiving landscape, and the awful desperation of the final days. It is an intelligent, evocative and above all, utterly gripping book.

 

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Author: Linda

Rating: 5

Review: This true life story was the best adventure I have ever read , the details from the journals read as if you were there. The journey they took across Australia was extraordinary and the hardships from starvation, scurvey and the want of finding water was harrowing. Not knowing the outcome of this life story I was shocked at the misfortune of Burke and Wills. So close to getting back and celebrating their achievements to die as they did. What heroic men they were. A thought provoking and exciting book, well worth the read.

 

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Review: The only complaint is that the book is glued along the spine so well that it's quite often impossible to read the left hand page to the end of the lines. Not comfortable to hold as it's quite a thick paperback.

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Description: The Dig Tree: The Story of Burke and Wills : Paperback : Text Publishing : 9781921520990 : 192152099X : 04 Jan 2010 : Murgatroyd has brought together new scientific and historical evidence to tell the story of Burke and Wills, the explorers who set out to cross Australia from coast to coast. The Dig Tree describes vividly the remarkable courage, suffering and moments of sheer lunacy, as Burke and Wills struggled to survive in a harsh land they did not understand. The Book Depository The Dig Tree: The Story of Burke and Wills by Sarah Murgatroyd - shop the best deal online on thebookbug.co.uk

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