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The Diggers' Doctor

The fortunate life of Col. Donald Beard, AM, RFD, ED (Retd)

Ashley Mallett

The Diggers' Doctor
A man of substance in war and in peace, Dr Donald Beard, AM, is a leader, and known for his compassion, humility and charm. The Diggers' Doctor tells of his extraordinary life as a surgeon, as well as his love of cricket and deep friendship with cricketers, including Sir Donald Bradman. It was in the Beards' backyard that The Don faced Jeff Thomson and hit his last cricket ball.

Dr Donald Beard has embraced those from all walks of life and considers himself enriched by the experience. Surgery, cricket, music, theatre, reading and his love for Margaret, the greatest love of his life, has warmed him to thousands. It has indeed been a fortunate life.

'Don Beard - "the Doc" - is a familiar and much-loved figure at cricket grounds around Australia and the world. In another part of his extraordinary life, as an army doctor, he is equally revered. His role as a doctor tending to soldiers in combat in Korea is a byword in the Australian Army. At the Battle of Kapyong in 1951 his inspirational care and leadership contributed to the love the soldiers had for this strong man of peace and compassion. His invariable good humour, stamina and great professional skill made him a wonderful role model for further generations of medicos in uniform. I am delighted that one of Australia's great cricketers is writing about the Doc, one of nature's gentlemen.' - General Peter Cosgrove, AK, MC (Retd)

Praise for The Diggers' Doctor:
'Along with serious and humourous events in Beardís life, this absorbing book provides an interesting grasp of his childhood, early career, family, friends and the numerous extraordinary life-long experiences.' - Rama Gaind, PS news

Ashley Mallett is a born storyteller and former Test cricketer. His ambition was to take 100 Test wickets, a feat he achieved in his 23rd match, along with Shane Warne, Glenn McGrath and Graham McKenzie. Ashley continues to write cricket for the Age, Sydney Morning Herald and Cricinfo, and to coach Australia's best and emerging spin bowlers, either as head of Spin Australia, an international spin bowling coaching program, or with Cricket Australia's Centre of Excellence in Brisbane. Ashley has worked with a number of recent Australian, English and Sri Lankan spinners including Graeme Swann, Rangana Hereath and Nathan Lyon. Away from the cricket scene, Ashley teaches Write Biography in Adelaide. The Diggers' Doctor is Ashley's 32nd book.
Category Biography/Autobiography/True Stories
Format Paperback
Size 234 x 160 mm
ISBN 9781743053065
Extent 232 pages
Price: AU$32.95 including GST
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