Peter FitzSimons: Breaker Morant
The epic story of the Boer War and Harry 'Breaker' Morant: drover, horseman, bush poet - murderer or hero?
The ‘book and ticket’ package includes a unique ticket for the digital event, and a copy of Breaker Morant, worth $49.99, with free delivery within Australia via Dymocks.
The standard ‘ticket’ package consists of a unique ticket for the digital event only. The event will initially be broadcast on 30 October at 7pm AEDT. It will be available to view up to 48 hours after the event has ended and can be accessed Worldwide.
Join Peter FitzSimons, Australia’s bestselling non-fiction writer as he investigates the iconic, infamous figure of Australian folklore in conversation with Richard Glover on the release of his new book Breaker Morant.
Most Australians have heard of the Boer War and of Harry 'Breaker' Morant, a figure who rivals Ned Kelly as an archetypal Australian folk hero. But Morant was a complicated man. Born in England and immigrating to Queensland in 1883, he established a reputation as a rider, polo player and poet who submitted ballads to The Bulletin and counted Banjo Paterson as a friend. Travelling on his wits and the goodwill of others, Morant was quick to act when appeals were made for horsemen to serve in the war in South Africa. He joined up, first with the South Australian Mounted Rifles and then with a South African irregular unit, the Bushveldt Carbineers.
The adventure would not go as Breaker planned. In October 1901 Lieutenant Harry Morant and two other Australians, Lieutenants Peter Handcock and George Witton, were arrested for the murder of Boer prisoners. Morant and Handcock were court-martialled and executed in February 1902 as the Boer War was in its closing stages, but the debate over their convictions continues to this day.
With his masterful command of story, Peter FitzSimons takes us to the harsh landscape of southern Africa and into the bloody action of war against an upredictable force using modern commando tactics. The truths FitzSimons uncovers about 'the Breaker' and the part he played in the Boer War are astonishing - and finally we will know if the Breaker was a hero, a cad, a scapegoat or a criminal.
This digital event is broadcast from 7pm AEDT, 30th October 2020, and available on demand until 9pm AEDT, 1st November 2020, worldwide. Viewing instructions for the event will be sent directly to purchasers by email within 24 hours of the commencement of the broadcast period.
Peter FitzSimons’ passion is to tell Australian stories, our own stories: of great men and women, of stirring events in our history. He has authored many highly acclaimed books including Ned Kelly, Gallipoli and Kokoda, and biographies of such notable Australians as Sir Douglas Mawson and Nick Farr-Jones. He grew up on a farm north of Sydney, went to boarding school in Sydney and attended Sydney University. An ex-Wallaby, he also lived for several years in rural France and Italy, playing rugby for regional clubs. He and his wife Lisa Wilkinson - journalist, magazine editor and television presenter - have three children; they live in Sydney.