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Moondyne Joe was colonial Australia's ultimate escape artist. His daring and repeated breakouts drove the Governor to build him a special cell. And when Moondyne Joe escaped again, he drove the Governor mad.
Moondyne Joe himself died a pauper in Fremantle Lunatic Asylum but not before he gained notoriety as a lawbreaker, the husband of a brothel madam, a bushman who befriended local Indigenous people, and as a folk hero who championed the underdog.
Written by John Kinsella, one of Australia's best known poets, and Niall Lucy, a caustic and irreverent social commentator, this book is an anarchic and playful examination of an elusive man and the harsh convict system he resisted.

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    April 26, 2012

    Fremantle Press

    RRP $27.95

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On the Outskirts
The Fremantle Press Anthology of Western Australian Poetry
The Penguin Anthology of Australian Poetry
Divine Comedy: Journeys Through a Regional Geography
Shades of the Sublime and Beautiful
Fast, Loose Beginnings
Michael Dransfield: a Retrospective


The Rub of Time
There It Is Again
Chronicles of a Liquid Society
The Odyssey
The Republic
Home and Away
Bit Rot
The Undertaking
Late Essays
Dear Friend, From My Life I Write To You In Your Life
Being There
The Necessary Aptitude
The Horseman's Word
On Passion
On Doubt
Charles Bukowski
In Doctor No's Garden