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Outback Heart (MP3)
Written by:
Joanne van Os 
Read by:
Joanne van Os 
Unabridged MP3 CD Audio Book 
Number of CDs:
13 hours 5 minutes 
MP3 size:
636 MB 
June 01 2009 
Available Date:
May 14 2010 
Age Category:
Non-fiction; Australian; Memoirs 
Bolinda audio 
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AUD$ 29.95
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Five Starred Review on Amazon
Australian author

The powerful true story of life with Rod Ansell, known by many as 'the original Crocodile Dundee'.

Joanne van Os was just 22 when she met Rod Ansell. At 23 Rod was already a legend in Australia and around the world, having survived alone for two months without supplies in one of the harshest and most remote parts of northern Australia. To Joanne, Rod was a genuine hero who could do anything, could make anything out of nothing, told the funniest yarns, had a philosophy on everything. She married him, and they had two beautiful sons who idolised their father. Together they lived the tough life of outback bull catchers and cattle musterers. But as time went on Joanne came to realise that Rod was both a complicated and deeply troubled man. For the sake of her sons she never gave up on Rod, even after their divorce, but just how far he'd gone only became apparent when his life ended in tragedy: out of his mind on drugs, Rod became involved in a shootout in which a young police office was killed. 'How does someone, whose extraordinary story of survival in the wild inspired so many Australians, become a psychotic, drug-crazed gunman?' Joanne asks. Outback Heart captures the Territory life on paper: the dust, the heat, the struggle and the larger-than-life characters. But it's also a deeply moving and powerful story of a love affair and a marriage, and the pain when it all falls apart. It's the story of Rod Ansell, but even more it is Joanne's story, of how a young, naive woman grows up the hard way, and has the most exhilarating and the most heartbreaking times doing it. This is a refreshed cover edition.

'Beautifully written, with a flow that takes hold and never lets go... One of the biographies of the year.'
The Australian Women's Weekly

'A detailed and compelling picture of a complex character … throws up some fascinating questions about relationships, and preserving your own identity within a marriage … it’s a good book for The Wet.'
Sunday Telegraph

'A tale of survival and a graphic account of life in our own heart of darkness.'
Sydney Morning Herald