Author Talk at Talbingo Library

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Meet author Rochelle Nicholls and hear her talk about her new book, Hell and Highwater the tragic story of an Australian Olympic gold medallist who gave his life on the Somme battlefield 100 years ago.

As Australia commemorates the centenary of the end of World War 1 in 2018, author Rochelle Nicholls has unearthed the tragic story of an Australian Olympic gold medallist who gave his life on the Somme battlefield 100 years ago

The death of Olympic swimmer Cecil Healy in 1918, cut down in a solo charge at a German machine gun post, sent shockwaves through the Australian nation. For Healy had been Australia’s hero – the golden boy of the pool, captain of the lifeguards on Manly Beach, a poster-boy for honesty and decency. In her new book, Hell and High Water, Dr Nicholls reveals the life and death of the only Australian Olympic gold medallist ever to give his life on a battlefield.

Rochelle Nicholls holds a Ph.D. from The University of Western Australia and has worked as a journalist, sports scientist, and medical researcher in Australia, the United States, and Europe. She has her own elite sporting background, as a member of the Australian women’s World Cup fencing team. Her first book, Joe Quinn Among the Rowdies, told the rags-to-riches tale of Joe Quinn, Australia’s first major league baseball player.

Rochelle Nicholls' website www.rochellenicholls.com

 

When

  • Tuesday, 25 September 2018 | 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM