The Beckoning West
Author: Eleanor Smith
First published: 1966 This edition: 1998
Format: Softcover 220 pages
The story of the Construction of the Canning Stock Route. The author, Eleanor Smith, was a nurse before her marriage in 1930 and travelled extensively in the outback. She became fascinated with Trotman’s stories and spent day after day by his fireside listening and taking notes until his five expeditions fell into place and she was able to reproduce them 'in Trotman’s own words'. She has performed a remarkable feat of listening, organising and writing to enable Trotman to tell his story in the first person, in a rich, economical and always convincing style.
This edition includes 23 pages of illustrations.