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  • Published: 29 September 2020
  • ISBN: 9780143795773
  • Imprint: Michael Joseph Australia
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 336
  • RRP: $40.00
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Moonlite

The Tragic Love Story of Captain Moonlite and the Bloody End of the Bushrangers




A gay bushranger with a love of poetry and guns.A grotesque hangman with a passion for flowers and gardening.A broken young man desperate for love and respect.These men – two of them lovers – are about to bring the era ofAustralia’s outlaws to a torrid and bloody climax.Moonlite is the true and epic story of George Scott, an Irish-bornpreacher who becomes, along with Ned Kelly, one of the nation’s mostnotorious and celebrated criminals.

Charismatic, intelligent and handsome, George Scott is unlike any other bushranger. Born into a privileged life in famine-wracked Ireland, Scott’s family loses its fortune and is forced to flee to New Zealand. There, Scott joins the local militia and fights as a soldier against the Maori in the brutal New Zealand wars.

After recovering from a series of serious gunshot wounds, he sails to Australia and becomes a Lay Preacher, captivating churchgoers with his fiery and inspiring sermons.

But Scott is also prone to bursts of madness. The local villagers back in Ireland often whispered that a “wild drop” ran in the blood of the Scott family. One night he dons a mask in a small country town, arms himself with a gun and, dubbing himself Captain Moonlite, brazenly robs a bank before staging one of the country’s most audacious jailbreaks.

After falling in love with fellow prisoner James Nesbitt, a boyish petty criminal desperately searching for a father figure, Scott finds himself unable to shrug off his criminal past.

Pursued and harassed by the police, he stages a dramatic siege and prepares for a final showdown with the law – and a macabre executioner without a nose.

Meticulously researched and drawing on previously unpublished material, Moonlite is a work of non-fiction that reads like a novel.

Told at a cracking pace, and based on many of the extensive letters Scott wrote from his death cell, Moonlite is set amid the violent and sexually-repressed era of Australia in the second half of the 19th century.

With a cast of remarkable characters, it weaves together the extraordinary lives of our bushrangers and the desperation of a young nation eager to remove the stains of its convict past.

But most of all, Moonlite is a tragic love story.

For these are the dying days of the bushrangers and Captain Moonlite is about to make his last stand.

  • Published: 29 September 2020
  • ISBN: 9780143795773
  • Imprint: Michael Joseph Australia
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 336
  • RRP: $40.00
Categories:

About the author

Garry Linnell

Garry Linnell is one of Australia’s most experienced journalists. Born and raised in Geelong, he has won several awards for his writing, including a Walkley for best feature writing. He has been editor-in-chief of The Bulletin, editor of The Daily Telegraph, director of news and current affairs for the Nine Network and editorial director of Fairfax. He spent four years as co-host of the Breakfast Show on 2UE and is also the author of four previous books - ‘Football Ltd: The inside story of the AFL’; ‘Raelene: sometimes beaten, never conquered’; ‘Playing God: The rise and fall of Gary Ablett’ and the bestselling 'Buckley's Chance'.

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