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Good start, horrific ending
on 4 May 2015
This book had a good start about life in the poor streets of London, the hardships and unfairness of those on the breadline.
The main character(convict) and his wife are shipped off to Australia and eventually they earn their freedom (of sorts) after much hard work. They assume a plot of land and work to be self sufficient (still in Australia, but in the wilds), however the locals are not happy with the settlers.
I won't spoil the story but the horrific slaughter of the black locals is sickening. I felt that it was unnecessarily long and graphic. I hated the ending, hence the mixed review and rating.