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9780330492003: Digger

Ever since he was a small boy, Max Anderson has been digging for buried treasure. From excavating his parent's garden, to unearthing a flint arrowhead in the fields nearby, he has always sought hidden riches. And so, years later, it made perfect sense for him to travel to one of the remotest parts of Western Australia to spend a year prospecting for gold. His journey took him to Kookynie, a town of eight buildings that stand in a landscape of rubble, foundations and mining waste - the remains of a town of 3,500 which died before the Great War began. Over a period of a year, Anderson osessively sought gold in the soil and landscape around him, at the same time digging his way to the bed rock of an obsession that threatened his relationships, health and sanity. His search for gold became a search for living history; his story also that of forgotten communities and a dying breed of man: the rugged prospector whose life is inextricably linked to the land he takes from.

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Born in 1965, Max Anderson has worked as a writer in Sydney and London. In 2001, while Deputy Travel Editor of The Sunday Times, he won AITO British Travel Journalist of the Year and a Travelex Travel Writer's Award. He currently lives in the Adelaide Hills with Lainie; their twin boys, Harry and Jack, were born 10 months after his return from the West Australian goldfields. This is his first book.

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There comes a time in every rightly constructed boy's life when he has a raging desire to go somewhere and dig for hidden treasure' - Mark Twain '[Anderson] has produced a warmly glowing little nugget in this good-humoured and finely observed book'. - Literary Review 'Although his fellow-prospectors are the real heroes of the book, ultimately it is Anderson's own quest - his passage towards being accepted... that makes Digger, a wry tale of someone determined to live his dream, worth excavating from the pile." - Sunday Times "Anderson fails to fill his pockets, but he does come away with a wonderful story." - Traveller

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