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“Hi, I’m Stephen Samuel and I am reading an excerpt from my fiction manuscript The Strange Eventful History of the Sufferings and Deaths of Robert O’Hara Burke and William John Wills. It is a fictional retelling of the final days of the ill-fated Burke and Wills Expedition.

“Coooooeeeeeee.”
Burke kicks Landa in the ribs, forcing her to gallop.
The larger camel carries Wills and King on either side of his depleted hump.
They hear Burke up ahead again call out his mighty cooee.
“Braaaahheeee, Paaaaattteeeeen.” Burke sings their names with the same cadence. He calls out Wright’s name, but it doesn’t lend itself to the same tune.
Three more times Burke sings and each time there is no response.
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