Peter Fitzsimons certainly manages to bring the history of Australia in the 1850's alive like it was yesterday. Setting the scene from the first discovery of gold in NSW right through to the fallout from the Eureka Stockade.The story is told with an immediacy as if it were unfolding as you read. The research which has gone into the book is clearly from a broad range of sources including government papers, newspapers, personal diaries and family memories passed down to descendants. At times the story jumps around a little as the author attempts to include information from different sources to tell the one story.An extensive Epilogue gives information about the lives and fates of all the main characters of the story after the event. I found the Epilogue almost as interesting as the main story with some tragedy, some irony and some comeuppance. The author is not backward in making his own personal views about the events of Eureka, the Eureka flag the future of an Australian Republic known. I listened to the audio recording read by Robert Meldrum whilst driving around town and travelling.The accents and character of the people in the story are consistently well reproduced. This was my first Peter Fitzsimons book and I will certainly be reading some more.
Canberra, ACT, AU