I finished this book on the third attempt. The structure is somewhat confusing until you understand it. Firstly, it is written chronologically. Secondly, it is organised into Chapters that reflect groups/roles. Thirdly, it consists of many, many micro-portraits, stories of between a couple of sentences and perhaps 1 and half pages. This does given a flavour of the whole experience - which is excellent, but does bewilder. I personally believe it is due to documentary evidence being so diverse, and perhaps sparce, that it was written as a bit of a patchwork quilt. I would have preferred more structure and summaries, particularly of key characters such as Dr Trevor, Dr Ullathorne, Bourke, Bligh etc. However, there is no doubt it is of great educational value, and the information in it is of course genuinely shocking and disturbing, and should be more widely known. At the level of social commentary, and interpretative history, it is excellent and is deserving of great respect. As a piece of interest-grabbing reading, it is perhaps somewhat lacking in style and flair (but, heh - AJP Taylor can send you to sleep and he's the greatest!).