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Published

September 2013

Format

Paperback

Pages

144

ISBN

9780987526304

Size

198 x 128 x 30 mm

Weight

250 g

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Drongo

Everybody knows a drongo - the Australian word for a no-hoper, a hapless soul who just can't do anything right - but most people don't know how the term entered the language.

Author Bruce Walkley explains that it came from racehorse Drongo and traces the horse's lineage to a well-bred colt bought from Australia by Lillie Langtry, known as the 'Jersey Lily', mistress of King Edward VII when he was Prince of Wales. Despite the fine blood coursing through his veins, Drongo couldn't win in 37 attempts.

Contrary to popular opinion, however, he wasn't hopeless. He ran only in city races and often on the best courses against the best horses - he finished second in the 1923 Victoria Derby and the 1924 VRC St Leger, races for best young stayers. And he ran in two Melbourne Cups, one as 10/1 third favourite. Drongo is the story of a horse whose legacy was not on the track but in his contribution to Australia's colourful language.

Author

Bruce Walkley

Bruce Walkley is a retired journalist. Born in Latrobe, Tasmania, in 1941, his 50-year career started as a cadet at The Examiner in Launceston in 1958, and in 1962 he became the first news editor at Launceston's TNT9 television station. He worked as a news, football and tennis writer at The Herald in Melbourne between 1964 and 1966, and later at The Age and Newsday.

Walkley and his wife Pam (also a journalist) have two sons, three granddaughters and one grandson, and live in Sydney's inner west.

Walkley has always been interested in racing and Drongo is his first book.

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South Coast Register

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The Australian

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South Coast Register

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The Daily Telegraph

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Tasmanian Times

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The Weekly Review

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Ladies in Racing

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Racing NSW

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Racing and Sports

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Equestrian Life

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Sydney Morning Herald

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The Thoroughbred

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Inside Racing

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