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Tracks of Destiny

From Derby to Tennant Creek

Back in print after 60 years. Ion Idriess was one of those who set out from Derby with the ending of the Wet. This is the story of his wanderings in 1932-3 and what he heard and saw along the way, at a time when wireless and air and motor transport were rapidly changing life in the North and North-west, but when the age of the pioneers, of heroic journeys, terrifying loneliness, and violent death, had not yet passed away

Ion Idriess (1889—1979) is one of Australias best-loved writers, with fifty-six books to his credit and millions of copies sold. When he returned from the First World War he wrote The Desert Column, about his experiences with the 5th Light Horse. Prospecting for Gold was his first major successful work; it immediately sold out and was reprinted constantly in the following years, as were many of his books. Idriess spent much of his life travelling throughout Australia, collecting material for his true-life stories, including Flynn of the Inland, The Red Chief and Nemarluk. He was awarded the O.B.E. in 1968 for his contribution to Australian literature.

* Travel across the continent in 1932. * Back in print after 60 years. * Idriess has a new audience with grey nomads now travelling Australia.

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