Books: Wilder than the West?

WILD COLONIAL BOYS (657 pp.)—Frank Clune—Anglobooks ($5).

"I say once more, leave them horses" said the [outlaw], "or I'll blow your b-----brains out, you b -----wretches!"

Bang! Bang! barked the police revolvers.

Bang! Bang! Bang! Bang! from the [outlaws] . . .

Every U.S. boy used to be raised on such firewater, with Injuns thrown in to boot. Any who feel like a fresh snort from the old jug could do worse than sample this Australian distillation. Wild Colonial Boys is written in standard Wild West prose; it begins banging almost from the start, and is still banging after more than 600 pages of close...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!