Seven Versions of an Australian Badland

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Univ. of Queensland Press, 2002 - Biography & Autobiography - 198 pages
To travel this long, lonely road is to traverse a stretch of brutal history and to enter a gigantic crime scene. The landscape itself holds a million clues to a horror story blazing across two centuries. Winding through a haunted place that is forever frontier territory, this road is the scene of casual as well as callous murder whether from the 1970s, the 1960s or the 1860s. Not for nothing is it known as the 'Horror Stretch'. In this compulsively readable new book, Ross Gibson drives right back along that dangerous stretch and finds himself deep in the Badland. Part road movie, part memoir, part murder mystery, Seven Versions of an Australian Badlandembarks on an enthralling journey through time, into the realms of myth and magic, narcissism and genocide.
 

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Seven Versions of an Australian Badland

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Ross Gibson blends history, memoir, true crime and social commentary into a ripping good read. He analyses the vast stretch of Central Queensland referred to in ominous tones as `the badlands'-a place ... Read full review

Contents

A Beginning
1
RECENTLY
5
Land Gone Wrong
7
Ghosts
19
Fatality
25
HISTORICALLY
51
The Sinister Glamour of Modernity
53
A History of Quiet Suspicion
85
Ancestors Adrift
113
PRESENTLY
151
Melancholy State
153
Exit
177
Reading Behind the Versions
185
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\Ross Gibson is a writer, filmmaker, and research professor of new media and digital culture at the University of Technology–Sydney. He is the author of The Bond Store Tales, The Diminshing Paradise, and South of the West, and his films include Camera Natura, Dead to the World, and Wild.

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