It’s the ultimate collection of crazy unbelievable Aussie schemes and dreams – all TRUE!
Available in bookshops from Wednesday 25th October.
Australia is the birthplace and setting of some of the wildest, craziest and least-likely-to-succeed cons and rorts in history. From the cleverest double crosses to the most unlikely and maddest schemes, Jim reminds us that we’ve never been shy of pulling a trick or two. So how did a clever bushman who couldn’t lie straight in bed steal a thousand head of cattle and get away with it, even though he was caught red handed?
And what about the disappearing work of art that suddenly dissolved only to reappear at an auction years later? Or how about the butcher from Wagga who passed himself off as a French born English duke to inherit a small fortune.
And then there was the small matter of a horse, a tin of paint and a million dollar double cross that became known as the Fine Cotton affair.
Famous American writer Mark Twain once said: “Australian history is ….so curious and strange that it does not read like history, but like the most beautiful lies….. it is full of surprises and adventures, and incongruities, and contradictions, and incredibilities; but they are all true, they all happened.”