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The Ghost & The Bounty Hunter - Adam Courtenay
Adam's talk will take place at a Zoom meeting at 7.30pm - see panel at left
He will speak about his latest book The Ghost and the Bounty Hunter, the story of William Buckley who lived for 32 years with the Wadawurrung people of Geelong, becoming the first "white-man" Aborigine, and specifically how Buckley became "embedded" into an Indigenous tribe in 1804. He adapted in some ways brilliantly, and in other ways had struggles becoming a part of Aboriginal culture. When Europeans came to Victoria in 1835, Buckley was asked to be the go-between and interpreter, and Adam will detail how difficult it was for a man to be "white" and "black" at the same time. It is a story that has some importance, at a time when white and black are still struggling towards some form of reconciliation.
Adam studied literature and languages at Sydney University before embarking on a career as a journalist for Australia's only national newspaper, The Australian. In 1989, he moved to London and stayed for 14 years, working as a writer and editor for various Financial Times magazines, a columnist for the Sunday Times and as a production editor at the Financial Times.
Adam has written regularly for the Australian Financial Review newspaper and for a number of business titles including CEO Magazine and In the Black. He is the son of best-selling Australian novelist Bryce Courtenay, author of the worldwide bestseller, The Power of One, who died in November 2012.
In 2018 he published the bestselling popular history The Ship That Never Was.
Adam lives in Sydney with his wife Gina and dog Polly.