Recommended to me by the owner of a used bookstore I frequent when I asked for fictional books set in Australia, I was immediately impressed. It took me a while to finish because of its length and I read a few books at the same time. This was an extremely good, albeit depressing, look at the birth of Australia. Although the book is fiction, it is factually and historically accurate, and I feel I now understand a bit more about this period in Australia's history. There is even mention of Will and Mary Bryant and their successful voyage to Timor to escape their "prison." The book is one of twelve written by William Stuart Long who was actually Vivian Stuart. I won't be jumping right into the second book but I will definitely be reading more of the series.