Needless to say, Todd's journey, reconstructed here through letters and family history, was arduous; more surprisingly, so is Thomson's. As she and her husband cope with breakdowns, illness and the poverty of isolated communities, it becomes clear that parts of the outback haven't changed much since Todd first saw them.
In Charles Todd and his wife Alice, Thomson has chosen intriguing subjects. Charles is brilliant and ambitious but increasingly unaware of the needs of those around him, particularly his large family. Thomson isn't afraid to cast a critical eye: "Certainty had helped Todd to span a continent. It may not always have made him an easy companion." But the strongest presence in the book is the enigmatic Alice, the sparky young woman who made family history by proposing marriage to Charles. Frequently separated from Todd, Alice oscillates between bouts of sociability, fierce spirituality and depression. Was she happy with Charles? The Singing Line is an exploration of personal as well as technological connections and it seeks to answer that question. --Tamsin Todd
An amazing personal history tracing the lives of Charles Todd, father of the telegraph line that connected Australia to the rest of the world and his wife Alice, after whom Alice... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Robert Farquhar
Bought for the grand daughter of Alice Todd, the said same in this book. She has sadly since passed away, but she gave it to her brother to enjoyPublished 7 months ago by Stopfakery
well written,well researched,
fascinating subject Felt sorry for the old ALICE.
We don,t appreciate the hardships these people
went through .
The creation of the overland telegraph line from Adelaide to Darwin was one of the great engineering achievements of the Victorian age, and this book does it justice. Read morePublished on 2 Jan. 2011 by South Yorkshireman
What can I say, this is an excellent book, very well written and researched. I really like the fact that Alice & Ed did the journey and we had the comparison between there... Read morePublished on 7 Oct. 2010 by The Beat goes on
This is a very readable mix of the story of the installation of the first telegraph line across Australia by Charles Todd in the mid 1800s (and who named Alice Springs after his... Read morePublished on 15 Jan. 2001