Goanna Man is a collection of short tales reflecting the image of Bruce Marsh. Bruce is a real rocker — an endangered species.
Born in the 1950s and a self-proclaimed ‘Professional Australian Cowboy’, his life relies on many factors that are out of his control. Plenty can go wrong and often does. He can be lucky and unlucky, clever and not so clever, but he is always scabby.
These recollections, narrated by Bruce and compiled by Natasha, are funny, bizarre and sometimes tragic. Bruce has tangles with the coppers, snakes and rats. The vast Australian outback and trying to be a good bloke gets him into strife that you wouldn’t believe. And he never, ever, wants another camel.
Bruce is a charmer.
Get ready for some sweet talk.
Let Tash and Bruce take you on a rollicking ride through the towns, rodeos and shindigs of outback Australia and beyond. As Bruce shares tales of his adventures and misadventures on the road and on the land you’ll be transported to a time and place in Aussie folklore that few have witnessed and even fewer could really comprehend. Funny, shocking, hard to believe. You’ll laugh, you’ll gasp, you’ll roll your eyes in disbelief.
Former country girl, current city dweller.
What a great page-turner. When is the next book coming out? What an adventure, so entertaining!
– Nicholas Don,
International Flight Attendant to the Stars
Tash allows Bruce’s true Aussie flare to shine through a collection of unbelievable, hilarious stories. Each one takes an unexpected turn and stands apart from the next. The voice that rings through is of a quintessentially Australian cowboy, an underrepresented character in literature.
– Harriet Renn
Priceless! What a gem! I love his voice.
– Jeannie Leggett,
Fan of oral history.
Bizarre and very colourful to say the least!
– David Purvis,