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Author Mercer, Jack, 1896-1976, author.

Title Hard times : a runaway's adventures in the Americas / Jack Mercer ; afterword by Brett Pierce.

Publication Info. Melbourne, Vic. : Transit Lounge, 2013.


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Description 1 online resource : illustrations
Note Print version record.
Contents Cover Page; Title Page; Copyright Page; Contents; Part One: The Making of a Runaway; The Fugitive; New Beginning; Werribee; Part Two: The Sinking of the Brunel; Jacob's Hat; Brunel; Coquimbo; Marlin Spike; Southern Labyrinth; Part Three: A Patagonian Tale; El Pasajero; La Sarita; Shingle Point; Part Four: Sinking in Buenos Aires; Heading North; On the Beach; Part Five: Destitute in the USA; New York; American Journey; Collar and Tie; Epilogue; Afterword.
Summary In the spirit of A.B. Facey's A Fortunate Life, Jack Mercer's Hard Times is the true story of the author's amazing adventures. In 1911, growing up in an Ararat pub, he faces the terror of a violent stepfather and a mother who barely acknowledges his existence. But one thing keeps him sane: a plan to run. And once he starts running a page turning story begins. From early Werribee, Sydney, life aboard a Norwegian barque, Chile, Patagonia and Buenos Aires, to working as an elevator boy in New York and riding the trains as a tramp in Virginia, Jack Mercer's hard times and wonderful times capture.
Subject America -- Description and travel.
Runaways -- Australia -- Biography.
Travel -- Anecdotes.
Travelers -- Australia -- Biography.
SCIENCE -- Earth Sciences -- Geography.
TRAVEL -- Budget.
TRAVEL -- Hikes & Walks.
TRAVEL -- Museums, Tours, Points of Interest.
TRAVEL -- Parks & Campgrounds.
Other Form: Print version: Mercer, Jack, 1896-1976. Hard times. Melbourne, Vic. : Transit Lounge, 2013 9781921924477 (OCoLC)854495991
ISBN 9781921924545 (electronic bk.)
1921924543 (electronic bk.)
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