The Last Great Australian Adventurer
Gordon Bass, Ebury Australia, $34.99
FORMER AUSTRALIAN army major Ben Carlin left New York City in 1948 to circumnavigate the world in an army surplus amphibious jeep dubbed Half-Safe. Spurred on by nicotine and adrenaline, Carlin pushed his fragile vehicle through a journey that was supposed to last a year but ended up taking 10. The Last Great Australian Adventurer is the compelling account of Carlin’s attempt to make his mark on the world near the end of the so-called Golden Age of Adventure Travel.