Where′s your thumb?′ the doctor asked the injured ringer.
′Oh, we stuck it over there on the gatepost, fer safe keepin′.
And just as the doctor turned around to the gatepost, he saw a crow heading skyward, thumb and all. So I don′t know how the ringer actually lost his thumb in the first place, but it had certainly gone missing after the crow had flown off with it. Featuring the colourful and funny work of legendary Broken Hill artist Howard William Steer, master storyteller Bill ′Swampy′ Marsh once again reaches into the heart and soul of outback Australia with stories of heroism and heartbreak and everything else it takes to live and work in this vast land of ours. First published in 2010