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One you can read a second time immediately after coming to the last page?
Or maybe one which you wish would go on forever, it's just THAT good!
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|CB&M Editor's best book from the 1960s..
BROTHER JACK by George Johnston
I was soon within the grip of a master storyteller and pretty much put all other reading tasks aside. I'm not going to give you a synopsis but suggest that if you're looking for a good read, find a copy. The setting is (largely) Melbourne, Australia; the time early 20th Century to WW2. Read and enjoy. - John, 1/2006
CB&M Editor's best book
from the 1990s.
The Redex Motor Reliability Trial was the stuff legends are made of. In the early 1950s, the age of the 'motor reliability trial' as it was called (nowadays, a motor rally), such events made the front page of both tabloids AND spreadsheet dailies. The most famous of entrants was 'Gelignite' Jack Murray, 'larrikin and cult hero'. Jack's nickname came from his habit of dropping sticks of explosive in and around outback sheds and 'dunnies' while travelling around at breakneck speed in the 'Grey Ghost', an old Canadian Ford of the early postwar period.
There were only three Redex trials but in this book the author brings to life a fourth, incorporating real life characters of the period, together with another legend, Jack Davey of radio fame. A running story of a big time American gambler sabotaging entrants, a fictional US entrant, a Sydney Morning Herald reporter (probably the author) and his girlfriend, a doctor, co-driving the two Jacks provides an unstoppable adventure.
I found myself totally engrossed in this novel. At the end of it, I felt as if I had really been there!
Note: A DVD of the Redex Trials is available. You will also find it faithfully recreated in NEWSFRONT, also available on DVD.