All Europeans coming to the Australian continent were challenged to begin their world anew, whether it was a First Fleet Marine’s widow, a man convicted of High Treason, a Scottish prostitute, a Dane avoiding conscription into the Prussian army or a gold-rush family.
Those in this book were ordinary people taking on extraordinary challenges. What were they leaving behind? Why and how did they arrive? What then …?
All in this book suffered extravagant turns of fate, and their descendants – the author’s family – are alive to tell their tales. Fiction was never this gripping, surprising, harrowing