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Publisher's Summary

Bill was massive. He had power, intelligence, and unmatched courage. In performance and character he stood above all the other 200,000 Australian horses sent to the Middle East in the Great War. But as war horses go he had one serious problem. No one could ride him but one man - Major Michael Shanahan. Some even thought Bill took a sneering pleasure in watching would-be riders hit the dust.

Bill the Bastard is the remarkable tale of a bond between a determined trooper and his stoic but cantankerous mount. They fought together. They depended on each other for their survival. And when the chips were down, Bill's heroic efforts and exceptional instincts in battle saved the lives of Shanahan and four of his men.

By September 1918, "Bill the Bastard" was known by the entire Light Horse force, who used his name not as an insult, but as a term of endearment. Bill had become a legend, a symbol of the courage and unbreakable will of the Anzac mounted force. There was no other horse like Bill the Bastard.

©2012 Roland Perry (P)2013 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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Historical view of the use of WW-I <br /> horse calvary

Worth your time...Excellent listen...Narrative is authentic and true to life...Great story telling that you will enjoy.

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  • Tracey
  • craigmore, Australia
  • 03-19-14

bill

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

yes it is a good story well thought out

What did you like best about this story?

the horse and its behaviour

Which character – as performed by David Tredinnick – was your favorite?

bill the bastard

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

bill the bastard from the bush

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Brilliant.

What made the experience of listening to Bill the Bastard the most enjoyable?

The story of this wonderful animal made great listening.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The Major

What about David Tredinnick’s performance did you like?

Diction was clear and made for easy listening

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When the re-mounts were taken out and shot.

Any additional comments?

A brilliant story well-told. if they gave Victoria Crosses to animal, Bill would have won several.

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  • Eric
  • 08-17-15

brilliant book

fantastic story from start to finish had to keep driving to finish a chapter brilliant

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  • Rosemary
  • 05-25-15

Excellent

Loved the whole experience, narration was excellent. Highly recommended reading. Should be on a must listen list.

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  • The Stig
  • 11-17-18

Thankfully this story has not been lost

This story is truely fantastic. Bill and the horses like him are every bit the brave war hero’s everyone should know about. I still struggle with the fact they shot most of those brave mounts. I listened on dreading the moment Bill was killed. The ending redeemed itself. What a betrayal and how heart breaking for those wonderful brave men to have to shoot their best and most loyal friend. This is a must read for anyone who truely wants to know about what Australian fighting men and horses went through. I would have liked more about Bill and less about the social interactions of the people but worth a read none the less. Bill the Bastard could only have been an Australian mount as he showed the best of the Australian personality. Right down to the self satisfied sneer.

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  • Mr
  • 10-08-18

Captivating story of an ANZAC legend

This is a great story of the beginning of the ANZAC legend, and the reader did a great job.

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  • Sarah
  • 06-13-18

Ripper Story

A nice piece of History I was unfamiliar with. Narration is excellent. Bill is a bastard

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  • Mrs. A.M. Andrew
  • 05-03-18

Excellent

I loved this story and learned so much about Australian history at the same time.

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  • Kristy, Australia
  • 07-21-17

Great Aussie story

Loved it, all the way through.. Was so great listening to it while travelling Australia

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  • elsa
  • 06-24-17

Fantastic story and fantastic bravery

Incredible story that was very well told. This story is a real history eye opener. I don't know why Bill the Bastard and Micheal Shanahan have not been house hold names. Would recommend this book to everyone.

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  • Brad
  • 06-11-17

Go Bill!

A really lovely story of respect and commitment by both man and animal, despite horrible circumstances they endured

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  • Darren lock
  • 11-11-16

awesome

thank you for passing on our nations history what a fantastic yarn factual any one with an interest in Australian Military history will love this book no matter what nation your from ,Bloody awsome.