Colleeen gives us a very good historical novel about the first folks to be landed on the Australian soil with no skills, no tools, no supplies and no food. Its a very good book to give us the reason why they were sent there. A must read.
Except for one episode -- the lowest, most vulnerable point in the life of the protagonist, Richard Morgan -- this 600-page book is full of stories of his integrity, his dignity, his noble character.
I was amazed at the depth of research McCullough must have done to capture not only Bristol, England in the late 18th century, but intricacies of ships, sailing, the seas, and finally the early settlement of Australia by convicts, of which Morgan was one.
I would recommend this book -- in spite of the graphic language and explicit descriptions of not only intimacy but of cruelty. They were not gratuitous, but a depiction of the times and places. Well researched, well written. I also liked the fact that the main character was a real person. What this must mean to his descendants - of which McCullough's husband is one (four times great grandson)!