Better Reading Preview: Buckley’s Chance by Garry Linnell

Better Reading Preview: Buckley’s Chance by Garry Linnell

Our next Preview title is Buckley’s Chance by Garry Linnell! To register your interest in being a Preview reviewer for this title, just fill out the form below. Please only enter once, and please note we have 50 copies of this book to give away:

Sorry, the number of entries for this title has been reached. Please look out for our next Preview title, coming soon!

Better Reading Preview: An exclusive chance to read and review free books before anyone else

We invite our trusted community to engage directly with the nation-wide conversation about books by registering for Preview, our new crowd-sourced book review platform. Due to the insight and perceptiveness of our readers, we are launching a platform that allows your voice to be heard.

How do I express interest in reviewing a book?

Like us on Facebook or subscribe to our newsletter (if you haven’t already!) to hear about the next Preview campaign.

When a campaign is launched, the first people to successfully express interest in becoming a Preview reviewer, by filling in the registration form, will be selected to receive and review a free advance copy of the specified book. Usually these advance copies are printed three to four months before they hit bookshops, making Preview a great way to find out about upcoming titles before anyone else.

But be warned – there are only limited copies of each Preview book available for review, so you need to register your interest immediately.

When you register you are expressing interest for the following:

A free advance copy of the specified book sent to your postal address, in exchange for a brief review of the book that may be used for promotional purposes by Better Reading and the relevant publisher.

Important details:

– We need all your details, including your email address and postal address, for your expression of interest to be successful.

– Preview is currently only open to Australia-based readers.

– A successful registration to review a Preview book is for that single title, only. With every new Preview book announced, you will need to express interest again.

– When announced, Preview expressions of interest are open for one week, OR until all reviewing spots have been filled.

– Better Reading and the relevant publisher will never share the details provided by Preview reviewers for any purposes beyond the relevant Preview campaign.

– Preview demand is very high, and there are only limited spots available for each title. To keep things fair, if you fail to provide a review for a Preview title on two occasions, you will unfortunately not be selected for future Preview titles.

What happens after I express interest?

If you have been successful, you will receive a confirmation email shortly afterwards from Better Reading. This will contain a review deadline and a link through which to submit your review. It will also contain other details on the reviewing process.

About your Preview review:

– Preview reviews may feature on the Better Reading website and the Better Reading Facebook page. The relevant publisher may also use the reviews for promotion. When reviews are used for promotional purposes, each reviewer will only be identified by their first name and Australian state. Reviews may be edited slightly, just for the purposes of brevity and clarity.

– Social media posts about Preview may be shared by Better Reading on its social media channels and/ or website.

– All Preview reviews must be no longer than 200 words and must be received by the deadline specified in your confirmation email. You will generally have four weeks to submit your review, from the time you receive your book.

– We want you to have fun with Preview – post photos of your book on Instagram or Facebook when you receive it, and when you’ve read it, share your thoughts using the hashtag #BRPreview. Be sure to tag Better Reading in your posts – we love to hear from our readers! And if you have a Goodreads account, we encourage you to share your reviews there too.

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    He was Called a Mindless Lump of Matter: Q&A with Buckley's Chance Author Garry Linnell

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    He was Called a Mindless Lump of Matter: Q&A with Buckley's Chance Author Garry Linnell


      The greatest Australian story never told - until now.He fought Napoleon’s army and survived.He was sent to the gallows and escaped the noose.Now he is in chains and on his way to the other side of the world. What happens next will become one of the most remarkable survival stories in history.The 19th century has just begun. The world is at war. England, ruled by a mad king, is exiling thousands of criminals to an old land that has become its newest dumping ground.One of those prisoners is William Buckley, barely 21, a former soldier sentenced to life for stealing two small pieces of cloth. He’s a giant for his times. But it’s not just his towering frame that sets him apart. It’s his desire for freedom that will make his story so unique - even in an era famous for outrageous acts of bravery and heroism.On a moonlit night Buckley escapes and disappears into the Australian bush. Discovered and adopted by an aboriginal tribe who regard him as a ghost, he is initiated into their rich and complex culture. Given up for dead by his white captors, he will not be seen again for more than 30 years until he emerges one day...carrying a spear, dressed in animal skins and having forgotten the English language.Buckley’s Chance is a profound journey into a turning point in history where cultures clash, bitter rivals go to war and the body count mounts.It’s also the story of a man who refuses to be held down.A man prepared to defy all odds and take a chance.Buckley’s chance.
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      1. Helen Commens says:


      2. Lorene Furmage says:

        Am a bit of a history buff so would enjoy reviewing this title.

      3. John Thomas says:

        I would love to review Buckley’s Chance it appears to be just the sort of no el i enjoy

      4. Deanne Jackson says:

        Yes please.

      5. John Gough says:

        Growing up in Melbourne, I knew the historic saga of William Buckley, and the old joke, “You’ve got two chances — Buckley’s and None”, where the pun was in the “none” so the two chances sounded like the famous Melbourne department store, “Buckleys and Nunn”. (Ha, ha!) I recently read a novel by Alan Garner (what a superb author, for children and adults!!) about William Buckley, who was a distant ancestor of Garner, “Strandloper” (1996): dense, poetic, and richly informed! I’d really like to read this latest account of Buckley’s saga — surviving among Aboriginals for decades in the wild!

      6. Sue Parke says:

        I would love to be a reviewer for Better Reading and am keen to read Buckley’s Chance

      7. I am very interested in reviewing this book, being a lover of Australian history.

      8. Gagan says:

        Sounds like an interesting read. I would love to review this book.

      9. Judy Merrett says:

        Love Aussie books!!

      10. Sharon Pridmore says:

        I would love to read and review this book.

      11. Suzanne Zweig says:

        I love Australian writers. I would be delighted to read this book and learn more about the history of this country.