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The Colour of Courage

By Sharon Muir Watson

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Format: Paperback / softback, 248 pages
Published In: United States, 01 December 2001
Go into a bookstore and what do you see? Row upon row of soon-to-be-forgotten titles. That's not the case with this book. It is a classic! "The Colour of Courage" is the remarkable true story of the epic horse trip made by famed Australian equestrian explorers Sharon Muir Watson and Ken Roberts. During the course of their mounted journey the young friends discovered enough adventures to satisfy even the most jaded reader, ranging from riding through leech-infested jungles to trying to herd their horses through some of the toughest terrain on earth. Yet, if many of these pages are testaments to courage, other sections carry the reader away to the forgotten corners of back-country Australia. For Ken and Sharon are not just horse people. They are the dust of Australia given a voice. Here are the old drovers recounting lost stories. Here are the little people of a big land recounting their tales. And here are two young people alive with vitality, ablaze with bravery, and determined to ride the length of an inhospitable country on a do-or-die journey. Ken and Sharon were the first to ride Australia's 5,000 kilometer long Bicentennial National Trail. They will not be the last. But what is certain is that this book, and their legendary ride, will never be forgotten. For these two brave explorers opened the door to the rest of us, and left this spell-binding story to show us the way.
EAN: 9781590481158
ISBN: 1590481151
Publisher: Long Riders' Guild Press US
Dimensions: 21.84 x 13.67 x 1.63 centimetres (0.33 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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I first read this book in New Zealand. It is a great read and moves along at a good pace. The hurdles Sharon Muir Watson overcome along the way are challenging and it is motivating to get out and enjoy the great Australian country.
It is not a sugar coated story of a faux adventure but a true story that really does show the colour of courage.
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This book is about the first people to ride the length of the Bicentennial Trail in Australia. It is well written with humour and interest. Sharon Muir Watson is a realist and writes in a very honest manner. The journey is presented in a honest way and this results in a very interesting book that leaves no doubt that we are lucky to live in a country free from creepy crawleys! Would I recommend this book, absolutely.

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