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Gold Rush: How I Made, Lost and Made a Fortune

Written by Jim Richards


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Jim Richards has done it all: dived for diamonds in the piranha-infested rivers of South America; discovered a fabulously rich goldmine in the Australian outback; got caught up in the world’s biggest mining scam in Indonesia; and even started a gold rush in the war-torn jungles of Laos. Today he’s one of the mining industry’s leading executives. This is his story.


'A former soldier’s odyssey in search of the precious metal is now a riveting old-fashioned adventure yarn.' Courier Mail

'an engaging read' Paydirt

'It’s a gripping read of the exhilaration of finding his first diamond, adventure, disaster and skulduggery, all told from first hand experience.' Perth Voice


ISBN 9781925163995 (Paperback)
Formats B+ Format (205 x 138mm) (Paperback)
Categories Father's Day 2021
Book Club Reads
Autobiography, Biography & Memoir
Sport, Travel & Entertainment
Publisher Fremantle Press
Edition 1st
Publication Year 2016
Pages 364
Rights World
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    Jim Richards

    When Jim Richards left the British army to join a modern-day gold rush in the early 1990s, he had no language skills, no money and no idea. Jim has prospected and mined in some of the maddest, most dangerous places on earth, where isolation, disease and violent criminals come with the territory. He has founded a string of successful mining businesses and is currently the executive chairman of an Australian publicly listed minerals corporation. Jim lives in Perth, with his wife and four young boys. He writes wearing ear plugs. Read more