Barcroft Boake's star blazed briefly and brightly as an Australian bush poet for little more than a year before he took his own life by hanging himself by his stockwhip in 1892 on the shore of Sydney harbour.
Barcroft's life was touched by romance, adventure and finally tragedy. In Where the Dea Men Lie (Hugh Capel)his story is told as an imaginative work of fiction, to bring the characters to life. Through his travels, he wrote regularly to his father. Luckily a number of these original letters have been preserved and have been woven into the story.