- Author Kate Grenville
This book chronicles the dark tale of one of the early settlers into the Sydney penal colony - a young thief from London with his wife and child banished to the other side of the world to start a new life. The book spans an entire lifetime, and dips into how flawed a character we are dealing with, but it’s that honesty that makes it fascinating.
Of course life in Australia is harder than ever, and we touch upon the atrocities rained down on the natives, which makes for a difficult read, harrowing in places.
It’s well written and a solid page turner, although I felt it was a bit drawn out in places. Ultimately it was good, though, and I’m now curious about the sequel moving forward to the next generation of Thornhills down under!