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  • Published: 2 June 2003
  • ISBN: 9781740512510
  • Imprint: Random House Australia
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 96
  • RRP: $14.99

The Spirit Of The Bush


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A book of larrikin verse in the bestelling tradition of Henry Lawson and Rupert McCall - guaranteed to give you a chuckle or warm your heart.

There's trouble out there as I speak made up of wind and dust
It howls around the homesteads and raintanks gone to rust
The animals are dying, all choked up with flies and sand
And though the folks aren't saying much, they need a helping hand ...
So spare a thought next time you're driving down a country road
For all those sunburnt people out there carrying the load
Stop and listen for a second and I'll bet your pulse starts racing
That's the spirit of the bush my friend, the heartland of our nation.

Bruce Venables, author, actor, entertainer and popular Australia Day ambassador, has long been delighting crowds with performances of his poetry, written under the pen name of 'The Larrikin'. Patriotic, funny, sentimental and heartfelt, his verse pays tribute to the Australian spirit and sense of humour, celebrating such iconic subjects as The Bush, The City, War and Remembrance and Sport. Collected in print for the first time due to popular demand, a percentage of proceeds from sales of THE SPIRIT OF THE BUSH will go towards Paula Duncan's Wayside Chapel Drought Appeal.

  • Pub date: 2 June 2003
  • ISBN: 9781740512510
  • Imprint: Random House Australia
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 96
  • RRP: $14.99

About the Author

Bruce Venables

Bruce Venables was born in Hobart and was a member of the Tasmanian Police Force. In 1976 he joined the Royal Hong Kong police as an Inspector. He served in the Hong Kong Marine Police as a launch commander and in the Tactical Unit as a platoon commander.

In 1984 Bruce took up residence in Sydney and began his career as a writer. He is also well known to Australian audiences as an actor.

He is the author of a collection of poetry, The Spirit of the Bush, and five novels: A Necessary Evil, The Time of the Dragons, Two Tigers, One Mountain, Scattered Monkeys and Eureka Run (coming July 2017).

Bruce lives in Sydney, and is married to best selling novelist and actress, Judy Nunn AM.

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