BURKE & WILLS – Peter Fitzsimons

Fitzsimons offers his take on the triumph and tragedy of our most famous explorers with his stirring story of the quest of Burke and Wills to be the first Europeans to cross the harsh Australian continent, with the expedition battling the worst of deserts, the boggy mangrove swamps of the Gulf, searing heat and flooding rains. Peter said: ‘I’ve always wanted to tell the stories of the colonial pioneers, and it really is a cracker of a story, with more twists and turns along the way than their final, tragic, erratic path. I was particularly fascinated by their interaction with the Indigenous people, who did their best to save them . . . until Burke pulled out his pistol . . . But I’m already ahead of myself. This is a prime piece of Australian history – and I can’t wait to tell you about it.’