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The powerful true story of life with Rod Ansell, known by many as 'the original Crocodile Dundee'.

Joanne van Os was just twenty-two when she met Rod Ansell. At twenty-three Rod was already a legend in Australia and around the world, having survived alone for two months without supplies in one of the harshest and most remote parts of northern Australia.
To Joanne, Rod was a a genuine hero who could do anything, could make anything out of nothing, told the funniest yarns, had a philosophy on everything. She married him, and they had two beautiful sons who idolised their father. Together they lived the tough life of outback bull catchers and cattle musterers.
But as time went on Joanne came to realise that Rod was both a complicated and deeply troubled man. For the sake of her sons she never gave up on Rod, even after their divorce, but just how far he'd gone only became apparent when his life ended in tragedy: out of his mind on drugs, Rod became involved in a shootout in which a young police office was killed. 'How does someone, whose extraordinary story of survival in the wild inspired so many Australians, become a psychotic, drug-crazed gunman?' Joanne asks.
OUTBACK HEART captures the Territory life on paper: the dust, the heat, the struggle and the larger-than-life characters. But it's also a deeply moving and powerful story of a love affair and a marriage, and the pain when it all falls apart. It's the story of Rod Ansell, but even more it is Joanne's story, of how a young, naive woman grows up the hard way, and has the most exhilarating and the most heartbreaking times doing it.

Reviews

A detailed and compelling picture of a complex character... a rugged and fascinating part of the world and the wonderful characters who inhabit it

Booktopia.com.au

Beautifully written, with a flow that takes hold and never lets go... One of the biographies of the year.

Australian Womenâ??s Weekly

A fascinating account of life in the Top End.

ABC Capricornia

10 out of 10 because I can't find a fault with it... the most thought provoking and moving book I have read recently.

Booktopia.com.au

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  • Paperback

    9781863255936

    December 3, 2007

    Bantam Australia

    368 pages

    RRP $19.99

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  • EBook

    9781742745992

    September 28, 2011

    RHA eBooks Adult

    360 pages

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