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Published January 1st 2019
Read the story of another Aussie scoundrel and dare devil
Swashbuckler, daredevil racing-car champion, Winter Olympian, gambler, smuggler, scoundrel and suspected spy - this is the fascinating story of scandalous Freddie McEvoy.
The first sentence of the Prologue threw me with "Freddie McEvoy was many things: the first Australian to win a medal at any Winter Olympics ..." Was Zaria Steggall chopped liver?
It was only after delving deeper that we learn that Freddie McEvoy was indeed born in Australia but emigrated to Europe with family at the age of six following his father's death and represented the United Kingdom in a medal-winning bobsled team in the Winter Olympics of 1936.
Slightly different connotation.
McEvoy returned to Australia in his late teens, where he became friendly with a young lad with similar interests and personality by the name of Errol Flynn, though returned to Europe within three years.
A quote from Flynn about McEvoy, as well as a photo of the two men together some twenty years later, when they renewed their friendship in Hollywood in the 1940s, graces the front cover. The author frequently comments that the two men look very similar, something else that I don't get. Do you? Tall, dark and with a moustache. That's it. All other photos within the book are grainy and rather unflattering.
So Freddie is well educated, plays the ladies on the French Riviera, is athletic and a risk taker. He chases wealthy women to fund his lifestyle and mixes with the 'in crowd', with lots of European Society and Hollywood names being bandied about, as well as enjoying the odd fling with known Nazi spies.
Always chasing money, McEvoy smuggled diamonds and guns on his yacht between California and Mexico and he too was targeted by the FBI as a Nazi spy. He died when his yacht crashed into a reef and in the process of rescuing his latest wife, though the circumstances were somewhat mysterious.
This is an easy read that goes in one ear and out the other. "Australia's daredevil Lothario" whose mantra was " Pleasure is my Business" - an interesting character.