R.I.P Les Carlyon

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R.I.P Les Carlyon

Post by Darwin Scribe » Thu Mar 07, 2019 8:48 am

Sadly we have lost in this country a man who had the rarest of gifts...the ability to get so deep into a subject as a writer that you felt an intimacy with the subject. Les Carlyon did that....in his books on WW1, Gallipoli and The Great War, he took us on a journey both into hell yet at the same time also compassion. His investigative powers were on show on both books because only a journalist/writer who could spend the time delving as he did could write as well as he did. Then of course are his books on the turf. He just wasn't a turf writer as such, he loved the industry deeply and those in the industry who got to know him, respected and loved him just as deeply. My hero as a young racing cadet journalist on Melbourne Truth was the legendary "Cardigan" Bert Wolfe whom I got to meet. I never thought I would ever have another one in racing and along came Les. For how he portrayed racing he deserves to be always remembered. I know I surely will.

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