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This is an auction for THE BALLAD OF LES DARCY, by Peter Fitzsimons. review:

"The book provides a readable and understandable account of the life and times of Les Darcy, probably Australia's greatest boxer, who,like the good son, brother and Australian that he was, wanted to provide for his family before he went off to a war which he was unlikely to return unscathed. Fitzsimmons describes the national state of mind rather well and questions the 'patriotism' which led so many Australians to travel to the other side of the world in order to demonstrate their loyalty to the Empire and claim the national maturity that they believed that had at last won for themselves."

"This is a very interesting story from Peter Fitzsimons, providing a very good insight into the Aussie lifestyle/culture of the time, around WW1. This is the first book I've read by Peter Fitzsimons, and was impressed."

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Paperback 2007.

221 pages.

Very good condition.

The cost of shipping is $4.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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