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Giovanni : A true story of survival ~ A voyage reimagined - Crystal Corocher

Giovanni

A true story of survival ~ A voyage reimagined

By: Crystal Corocher, Margeaux Davis (Illustrator)

Hardcover | 4 October 2023

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A story of courage and resilience, readers will follow the curious and endearing Giovanni as he survives the harrowing and ultimately doomed Marquis de Rays expedition with his family. Arriving in Australia as one of the first Italian migrants, Giovanni begins a new life, and a new chapter in Australia's migration history begins. Giovanni left Italy in 1881 with his family, along with many other villagers from the region of Veneto. The families were promised 'paradise' by a corrupt people smuggler. After a perilous journey, they reached Australia with the assistance of Sir Henry Parkes, who was Premier of the Colony of NSW at the time. Combining extensive research, family anecdotes and gentle narrative prose, author Crystal Corocher shares this true story of resilience and courage as both a work of historical narrative and personal passion project - Giovanni being her great-grandfather. Giovanni is a story for all Australians, and one that Crystal looks forward to sharing with students of all ages as a visiting author, it has been illustrated with stunning watercolour throughout by Margeaux Davis.
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"Amount and Italian immigrant, it's based on the true story of the author's father. The text is in English and Italian. It's a good way to introduce and share the language. 10 out of ten tacos!"

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