Top positive review
A Compelling Read
on 20 October 2011
This fast-moving novel ranges from the law courts of London and its filthy gaols to the arrival in Sydney Cove eight months later of shiploads of convicted men and women who had survived the horrors and sufferings of the long sea voyage to Australia and who, unwittingly, would help to found a new nation.
The voyage of the First Fleet to Australia has been well documented in the ships' logs, diaries, reports, autobiographies and letters of those who took part in it. The author of LEAVE THE GALLOWS HUNGRY has obviously researched their writings in depth to create a fascinating authentic account of the hazardous voyage via Rio de Janeiro and Cape Town to Botany Bay.
Historical characters are well portrayed and alongside them Stanley Wilson has cleverly and credibly interwoven the love affairs, sufferings, antagonisms and rivalries of the diverse fictional cast. An enjoyable, compelling read. I look forward to the sequel.