The Last Showman: The life and times of an Outback tent-boxing legend
by Fred Brophy
Editor: Penguin Books Australia
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“My life has been a crazy spectacle, meeting some of the strangest and most people who have ever lived.”I’ve had my share of problems and I’m lucky to be here.But I’ve always been a man of spectacle and have done my best to preserve a precious part of an old Australia, which is about to disappear.Son of a sideshow operator and trapeze artist, the fourth generation of showman Fred Brophy grew up on the road of length and width of Australia.He only has time in prison as a savage teenager before establishing his own success in boxing tentIt has become a star attraction in Outback and is now the only one of its kind in the world.Fred tells us life stories about the smell of an oily rag, rescuing heroes, and becoming involved in some of the strangest adventures imaginable.It’s a fucking life, full of difficulties, hilarity and twists and turns, including Fred inducted into the Queensland Boxing Hall of Fame and receiving a Medal of the Order of Australia.And now, ladies and gentlemen, let’s go inside.The show is about to start.”One of the craziest, funniest, most extraordinary Australian autobiographies you could ever squeeze it into 300 pages.’ RMWilliams Outback Magazine
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