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The Soldier's Curse : The Monsarrat Series : Book 1 - Tom Keneally

The Soldier's Curse

The Monsarrat Series : Book 1

Paperback Published: 27th February 2017
ISBN: 9780857989383
Number Of Pages: 384

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In the Port Macquarie penal settlement for second offenders, at the edge of the known world, gentleman convict Hugh Monsarrat hungers for freedom. Originally transported for forging documents passing himself off as a lawyer, he is now the trusted clerk of the settlement’s commandant.

His position has certain advantages, such as being able to spend time in the Government House kitchen, being supplied with outstanding cups of tea by housekeeper Hannah Mulrooney, who, despite being illiterate, is his most intelligent companion.

Not long after the commandant heads off in search of a rumoured river, his beautiful wife, Honora, falls ill with a sickness the doctor is unable to identify. When Honora dies, it becomes clear she has been slowly poisoned.

Monsarrat and Mrs Mulrooney suspect the commandant’s second-in-command, Captain Diamond, a cruel man who shares history with Honora. Then Diamond has Mrs Mulrooney arrested for the murder. Knowing his friend will hang if she is tried, Monsarrat knows he must find the real killer. And so begins The Monsarrat Series, a fast-paced, witty and gripping series from Tom Keneally and his eldest daughter, Meg.

About the Author

Meg Keneally started her working life as a junior public affairs officer at the Australian Consulate-General in New York, before moving to Dublin to work as a sub-editor and freelance features writer.

On returning to Australia, she joined the Daily Telegraph as a general news reporter, covering everything from courts to crime to animals’ birthday parties at the zoo. She then joined Radio 2UE as a talkback radio producer.

In 1997 Meg co-founded a financial service public relations company, which she sold after having her first child.

For more than ten years, Margaret has worked in corporate affairs for listed financial services companies, and doubles as a part-time SCUBA diving instructor.

She lives in Sydney with her husband Craig and children Rory and Alex.

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Sad but true ac count of the horrors of the transportation and cruelty the English inflicted on men women and children. Worth reading, well written.

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Great Australian Historical Fiction

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Highly recommend The Soldier's Curse. A well researched window back to early Australian Aboriginal, Convict and Free Settler's lives, along with an engrossing murder mystery.

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Great read and so well written

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I enjoy early Australian history and although this book is fiction there are some interesting to references to our convict settlements

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ISBN: 9780857989383
ISBN-10: 0857989383
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 27th February 2017
Publisher: Random House Australia
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 19.5 x 12.9  x 3.5
Weight (kg): 0.28
Edition Number: 1

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Thomas Keneally

About the Author


Thomas Keneally won the Booker Prize in 1982 with Schindler's Ark, later made into the Academy Award-winning film Schindler's List by Steven Spielberg. His non-fiction, includes the memoir Searching For Schindler and Three Famines, an LA Times Book of the Year, and the histories The Commonwealth Of Thieves, The Great Shame and American Scoundrel.

His fiction, includes The Daughters Of Mars, The Widow And Her Hero (shortlisted for the Prime Minister's Literary Award), An Angel In Australia and Bettany's Book. His novels The Chant of Jimmy Blacksmith, Gossip from the Forest, and Confederates were all shortlisted for the Booker Prize, while Bring Larks and Heroes and
Three Cheers For The Paraclete won the Miles Franklin Award. 

The People's Train was longlisted for the Miles Franklin Award and shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers Prize, South East Asia division.

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