True Grit & Dry Wit: More Extraordinary Stories Of OrdinaryAustralians

True Grit & Dry Wit: More Extraordinary Stories Of OrdinaryAustralians

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In this impressive collection, Ryle Winn introduces eight real-life heroes, each with an extraordinary tale to tell. We meet a fencing contractor who proves you can't judge a book by its cover; two octogenarian sisters with a tragic family secret; a racing enthusiast and horse-breeder who gets the shock of his life; and a gutsy timberman who has sidestepped his date with the devil on more than one occasion. Ryle's unforgettable stories are moving and uplifting, and proof that the best yarns really are from the heart. Praise for Rough Diamonds & Real Gems 'Ryle Winn has an engaging, racy style. Not many have the ability to record a yarn the way it was told and lose nothing in the translation, or even make it better.' Colin Thiele 'Winn and his characters speak in their own bush voices. This makes for some terrific and colourful reading.' Weekly Times 'This book is a lot like sitting around a campfire and listening to a bush character recount tales of life on the land.' South Coast Register
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  • Paperback | 252 pages
  • 131 x 196 x 18mm | 235g
  • Penguin Books Australia
  • Hawthorn, Australia
  • 0143203312
  • 9780143203315

About R.M. Winn

R. M. Winn is one of those blokes who never cave in. No matter how serious the situation, he hauls it out front and deals with it, hard and fast -no ifs or buts. Not even a malignant brain tumour could lay him in his tracks. He is totally self-reliant, lacks reverence, doesn't yet know what 'political correctness' means, talks no bullshit - or not much - and won't listen to any, laughs at himself easily and at others more easily. He says he attended Ipswich Grammar School, Queensland Institute of Technology and Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, but will not agree to saying he was educated at any of them. He adds that in one or two cases he might have actually lost ground. For thirty-five years he was a leading rural valuer and much sought- after professional court witness but just as often preferred cane-cutting, chasing scrubber cattle, running brumbies, timber-getting and driving trucks around the backblocks. He has a swag of books to his credit, including the self-published High Tides & Hard Rides, When a Tree Falls and Behind the Bike Shed and the Penguin-published Rough Diamonds & Real Gems, True Grit & Dry Wit, Out of the Blue and Up A Hollow Log. So that's the bloke - take him or leave him, but when the going gets tough, line up beside him
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