This is a history of Queensland’s early European settlement that I was never taught. The novel documents an era during the 1800s when pastoralists claimed millions of hectares of Queensland’s interior for cattle and sheep grazing. When Aborigines objected, speared a sheep or approached waterholes they’d used for thousands of years, graziers either demanded the native police “disperse” the Aborigines or killed most of the tribe themselves.
This is a difficult truth, revealing massacre after massacre of thousands of Aborigines perpetrated by white settlers and/or native police while the state government turned a blind eye because many of the government officials had vested interests in the grazier properties.
A must read for those who don’t want a glossed over version of history.
Alijaz is a river guide on the only remaining Tasmanian River that has not been dammed, the Franklin. In an attempt to save a tourist who’s fallen into the river, Alijaz gets trapped in the rapids. While he is trapped, his dreams take him on an unforgettable journey.
Beautifully written, I didn’t want this story to end while at the same time, hoped Alijaz would survive.
After Jaxie’s abusive father accidently dies, Jaxie heads for the West Australian wilderness fearing he’ll be blamed. When he’s desperate for water, he comes across an abandoned shack with a water tank. But as he explores the lonely countryside, he soon discovers he is not the only one who’s run away from his past nor is he safe once he discovers an even bigger secret.
Jaxie’s voice adds to the adventure of isolation in the back country. Just couldn’t put Winton’s latest novel down.
Bruce is on an ambulance team, but his co-workers sense something is not quite right with him. Travelling back to his teens when he met the thrill seeking Sando and his wife on the West Australian coast, we learn of the devastating event that transformed Bruce’s life. Continue reading “Tim Winton’s — Breath *****”
In an Irish village in the 1800s, Nora loses her daughter, then her husband before she hires Mary to help take care of her grandson. Because her grandson neither speaks nor walks at age four, she pleads with the priest for help, but he turns his back on her. The women of the village blame the boy for their troubles, so Nora seeks help from Nance who has the “knowledge.” Continue reading “Hannah Kent’s — The Good People *****”
Hanna is a rare book expert whose job is to analyse and conserve a rare fifteenth century Hebrew manuscript. The book is saved despite the destruction of libraries in Sarajevo. After she discovers clues in the book’s binding, its mysteries send her on a journey of discovery until she locates the real saviours of this ancient manuscript. Continue reading “Geraldine Brooks’ — People of the Book *****”
Charged with murder, Agnes is housed with a family on a remote Icelandic farm to await her death sentence. The farmer’s wife is horrified to be forced to share her simple dwelling with a murderer, but over time, she sees another side to Agnes. Continue reading “Hannah Kent’s — Burial Rites *****”