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Outback Cop

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Birdsville is one of the most remote police postings in Australia. It can be lonely and uneventful for weeks, then the dramas come thick and fast: from desert rescues to rising floods, venomous vipers to visiting VIPs. Throw in heat, dust and flies and it's not a job for the faint-hearted, unless you're Senior Constable Neale McShane, who has single-handedly taken care of a beat the size of Victoria for the past 10 years. Recently retired from this 'hardship posting', Neale and his family thrived on the adventures and colourful times that come with the territory in the furthest corner of our country.

Yarning with friend and best-selling author Evan McHugh, Neale's experiences are humorous and heartfelt. How do you feed 4000 unexpected dinner guests? Where do you find a Chinook helicopter when you need one? Who's your backup when the population explodes for the famous Birdsville Races? And what do you do when you're the person the Flying Doctor is flying out?

Among these inspiring tales of danger and death, dreamers and 'dumb tourists', you'll encounter a little community with a big heart that stands shoulder-to-shoulder with a larger-than-life policeman who's become part of Australia's outback legend.

©2016 Evan McHugh and Neale McShane (P)2017 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd.

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This is a surprisingly good book

I should explain that I never intended to buy this book, but another one of Evan's books had previously been on offer with Audible (the shearers) and this popped up as "also by the same author" when I had finished that.

Outback Cop is a great listen and one I would recommend to anyone. It's a bit of escapism to the outback through a guy who is the only police officer in a remote town which has a total population which could fit on 2 double deck buses.

It's well read and I enjoyed it very much.