A Bicycle Dreaming from Belgium to Broome
by Antoine Bloeman
ISBN 978-0-85905- 589-5, (2014, New), 160 x 250, illustrated, SC, 213pp, 580grams
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Antoine Bloemen exploded on the wider public in 1997, when, as a magistrate in the North, he introduced innovative forms of solving social problems among Aboriginal offenders. Asking a young recidivist what he really wanted elucidated the illuminating answer of, ‘a bike.’ The promise of a bike for three months abstinence from court appearances changed the life of both parties.
Antoine’s life from a Belgian peasant to slushy to feckless sailor to American paratrooper to Australian lawyer and magistrate is a storyline that is usually restricted to novels of romance.
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