For the first time since her hugely popular best seller The Thorn Birds captivated millions of readers, Colleen McCullough returns to Australia with a breathtaking new historical saga.
It was one of the greatest human experiments ever undertaken: to populate an unknown land with the criminal, the unloved and the unwanted of English society.
Amid conditions of brutality that paralleled that of slavery, The First Fleet was sent to a place no European but the legendary Captain Cook had ever seen. Left to live or die on the hostile Australian continent, these convicts and their equally isolated guards occupy the centre of McCullough's riveting new epic.
Richard Morgan convicted felon and educated, intelligent, resourceful man finds the will to survive, experience the joys of love, and finally make an indelible mark upon the new frontier.
About the Author
Colleen McCullough was born in western New South Wales in 1937. A neuroscientist by training, she worked in various Sydney and English hospitals before settling into ten years of research and teaching in the Department of Neurology at the Yale Medical School in the USA. In 1974 her first novel, Tim, was published in New York, followed by the best selling The Thorn Birds in 1977 and a string of successful novels, including the acclaimed Masters of Rome series. In 1980 she settled in Norfolk Island, where she lives with her husband, Ric Robinson, and a cat named Shady.
The best-selling author of The Thorn Birds returns with another saga set in Australia, this time unfolding during the American War of Independence. Gunsmith and Bristol taverner Richard Morgan finds himself a convicted felon after being set up by scheming adversaries. He, like countless other convicts, is sent to the unknown continent of Australia and begins a new life that develops into something infinitely more rewarding over the years. This historical saga bears the signs of exhaustive research but never truly takes flight. Based on fact - the Morgan of the title is a real historical figure related to the author's husband - a potentially fascinating story is hindered by a lack of persuasive characterization. (Kirkus UK)
Number Of Pages: 912
Published: 5th August 2001
Publisher: Random House
Dimensions (cm): 17.9 x 11.3 x 4.8
Weight (kg): 0.434