Saturday, 20 February 2010

Bendigo book

Author JP Bean wrote the first and only known of biography book on Bendigo. It's called Bold As A Lion: The Life Of Bendigo - Champion Of England. Here's a short blurb from his website.

''His real name was William Thompson, but everyone called him Bendigo. To the brutal world of the prize ring, where huge crowds gathered to watch men fight until only one was left standing, he brought wit, cunning and boxing skills that had never before been seen. Born in poverty, he claimed to be the youngest of 21 children and the third of triplets. His father , reputedly the inventor of the nut-cracker, was said to be able to tap and screw an egg, while his mother
was known for her stomach powders and her powerful right hand. She taught him to box, but Bendigo was also an athlete, an angler, an acrobat, a cricketer, a drunkard, a preacher, a jailbird who was locked up twenty-eight times and the hero of the Nottingham Lambs, a lawless mob who attended his every fight to ensure their version of ‘fair play’.The most famous sportsman of Victorian England, Bendigo has had a racehorse, a pub and a city in Austrailia named after him.''

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