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A Different Drummer




A Different Drummer

Author: Michael Noonan


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"If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears." H.D. Thoreau E.J. Banfield became a legendary figure after "The Confessions of a Beachcomber" was published in London in 1908. Banfield and his wife Bertha had done what most people only dream of doing: they had gone to live on an idyllic island within Australia's Great Barrier Reef. Banfield wrote innumerable articles and found books about their life on Dunk Island. These writings, together with Banfield's diaries and other unpublished material, have provided Michael Noonan with the basis for his biography. A gifted storyteller, Noonan presents a fascinating tale of the Beachcomber's life, his long romance with Bertha, and their brave adventure on one of the world's most delightful frontiers. "This is a warm, lively and understanding biography ... the definitive account of a life worth recalling." Geoffrey Hutton, "Age" "The volume is one to treasure". Olaf Ruhen, "Australian" "Readers fond of Robinson Crusoe will be charmed by this biography". "Publisher's Weekly" "A Different Drummer is a remarkable book, patiently and accurately researched, and extremely well written and presented." John Orrell, "Cairns Post"
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