By Craig Cormick
How do you best tell the story of Australia’s most enigmatic bushranger – Captain Moonlite? The stories he told of his life conflict with the stories told by others, which conflict with the records. A well-educated man, in and out of asylums and prison, who finally found his purpose and his love leading a small gang of young men. Until they followed him into violent chaos.
This book is a creative retelling of history, using many perspectives of fact and time – both yesteryear and today – to try and capture something of Moonlite the man, and the society that made him.
‘This playful amble through the tale of a renowned bushranger is a charming narrative and, better than most bushranger tales, one that is disarming and subtle.’
Thomas Keneally, Booker Prize Winner
‘Playful, irreverent and highly entertaining, in A Darker Shade of Moonlite Cormick gives us a wild tale about a very wild man indeed.’
Nigel Featherstone, author of Bodies of Men and My Heart is a Little Wild Thing
‘Inventive and playful – an insider’s account that will have you on the edge of your seat. Reading Craig Cormick’s A Darker Shade of Moonlite is like listening to a story told around a campfire. One of the most enjoyable books you’ll ever read.’
Professor Mark McKenna, Historian and winner of the Prime Minister’s Literary Award
About the author
Craig Cormick OAM is an award-winning author and science communicator. He has been Chair of the ACT Writers Centre and has been a writer in residence in Antarctica and Malaysia.
He has published over thirty books of fiction and non-fiction. Craig enjoys playing with history just about as much as it enjoys playing with him.
Published by Queer Oz Folk, 2023. 105 pages. ISBN 978-0-6452534-8-1.
A$27.50 (AQuA members A$22), plus A$12 postage within Australia. Price includes GST.