By Peter Fenton

The Southpaw, the Diva and the Diggers tells the story of Vic Patrick Australia’s greatest lightweight boxer, the nation’s finest race mare Flight and the Diggers, WW2 heroes, who gambled and played as hard as they fought.

Patrick won 53 of 57 fights from 1941-1948 becoming Australia's most famous fighter since Les Darcy.

Flight won 24 races, including 2 Cox Plates, and was placed 28 times from 1942-1947. Australia's greatest stake winning mare.

Book Realeased October 2015.

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by Peter Fenton

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When Boy became Australia's first 1500-metres Olympic champion in Paris later that year he took 65 seconds from the world record and was universally acclaimed as the greatest distance swimmer the world had ever seen. As suddenly as he had arrived embarrassed by the adulation, he turned his back on fame and possible fortune to become a jackeroo rounding up sheep. Three times over the next decade he was lured from the bush to accept challenges from overseas champions and to participate in the Olympic Games of 1928 and 1932. There is much to learn from the story of this young man who loved the surf even more than the pool. His is a story of a different time. Of epic swims in open ocean pools with no lanes, no goggles, no tumble turns. Boy lived a simple and humble life interrupted by visits to Paris, Hollywood and the like where he was feted and had a grand old time! With access to the private diaries, records and photograph albums of the Charlton family, Peter Fenton has put together the comprehensive story of one of Australia's greatest Olympic idols.

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by Peter Fenton

Olive is the biography of a north Queensland girl who put her age up to become an army nurse when Japan threatened to invade Australia in the early months of 1942. Because she has studied tropical diseases she was seconded by the US authorities, and worked as a nurse at the Us 12th Station Hospital Townsville as the town became a stronghold of US troops preparing to drive the Japanese from the Pacific. Discharged from the army when still only 18 she married, had a intellectually handicapped son and has spent the rest of her life working for the betterment of those similarly affected.


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by Peter Fenton

Les Darcy the Legend Of The Fighting Man is a biography on Australia's most famous fighter (1895-1917). Probably the most extraordinary story in Australian sport. A fighting machine who went from being the idol of the country to vilification during Word War One and who died in Memphis Tennessee aged 21 when generally recognized as the best boxer in the world.

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Inspiring life story of Muswellbrook jockey Wayne Harris, the most successful apprentice ever to ride in New South Wales, who overcame an unbelievable list of illnesses and injuriess to ride wimnners including the Golden Slipper and Melbourne Cup. One of the best books you will read on racing.

Re-released in hard back 2007 and available only from this website at $35 including postage anywhere in Australia.

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