Banjo Paterson

His poetry and prose

Selected and introduced by Richard Hall
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A new and lively selection of poetry and prose that brings together all the old classics along with the not-so-well-known and the off-beat.

Banjo Paterson's ballads are as fresh and alive today as they were one hundred years ago. This lively selection of poetry and prose brings together all the old classics along with the not-so-well-known and the off-beat: a prose account of an illegal dog fight in the Botany sandhills; bungling British officers at the Boer War, and Paterson addressing a barmaid in verse on the prospects - or otherwise - of 7/4 favourites.

Richard Hall's deeply researched introduction gives us a biographical picture of Paterson quite unlike that which some have tried to promote of a conservative squatter's mouthpiece. This Banjo is tough-minded and sceptical, and the modern reader will gain a new appreciation of some of Australia's favourite literature.

'.brings a new and fresh understanding of Banjo, the man. Tragic as it is that his great talents were never adequately rewarded financially, this very fact may have contributed to his earthiness and his empathy with the common man.' - John Tapp

Author bio:

Richard Hall worked as a journalist and in politics and has published books on historical/biographical topics, crime and espionage. He was also the writer of the Costello spy-thriller series. He passed away in 2003.

Category: Literature & literary studies
ISBN: 9781743315422
Table Of Contents: Andrew Barton Paterson - His Fortunate Life

Notes on Selection


The Man from Snowy River

Clancy of the Overflow

Conroy's Gap

The Travelling Post Office

In the Droving Days

On Kiley's Run

Under the Shadow of Kiley's Hill

'He Giveth His Beloved Sleep'

A Mountain Station

Black Swans

A Bushman's Song

How Gilbert Died


Jim Carew

The Swagman's Rest

The Daylight is Dying

By the Grey Gulf-water

Saltbush Bill

Saltbush Bill's Gamecock

Saltbush Bill's Second Fight

Saltbush Bill, J. P.

Hay and Hell and Booligal

Brumby's Run

Waltzing Matilda


'When I went to the Bar'

A Dream of the Melbourne Cup

Old Pardon, the Son of Reprieve

The Geebung Polo Club

The Amateur Rider

Only a Jockey

Concerning a Steeplechase Rider

Tommy Corrigan

Father Riley's Horse

The Oracle at the Races

Hints to Urgers

Shakespeare on the Turf


El Mahdi to the Australian Troops

The Boss of the Admiral Lynch

The Pearl Diver

A Trip with the Pearlers

With French to Kimberley

Johnny Boer

From the Boer Side: Interview with Olive Schreiner

At the Front

A Day Under Fire: A Battlefield Sketch

The Pursuit of De Wet

An Informal Letter from London

In Push Society

The Cook-house

Concerning a Dog Fight

The Ways of the Wild: The Dog-Poisoner


Borderland (Henry Lawson)

In Defence of the Bush

An Answer to 'Banjo' and Otherwise (Henry Lawson)

An Answer to Various Bards


The Man from Ironbark

How M'Ginnis Went Missing

Johnson's Antidote

A Bush Christening

Mulga Bill's Bicycle

It's Grand

The City of Dreadful Thirst

When Dacey Rode the Mule

Any Other Time - A Ballad of Good Excuses


Banjo Paterson tells his own Story

Index of first lines
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Imprint: A&U House Of Books
Pub Date: December 2012
Page Extent: 224
Format: Paperback - B format
Age: 0 - 0
Subject: Literature & literary studies