Ken has taken on the difficult task of portraying many different characters, including their topical use of words in a historical,19th century setting. And succeeded magnificently, in my view, right up to the dramatic ending.
The convict heroine of this book, Millie, becomes a cunning, feisty woman of statue after her early debauched servitude beginning at the age of 14, in a working man’s London brothel. Millie’s introverted and limping physician surgeon follows a circuitous route to his involvements with her, and their journey to Australia on a convict ship.
The author’s extensive researching of nautical matters concerning convict transportation and medical practices during that period are very enlightening and also chilling. The detailed account of medical instruments, drugs used and procedures of the time made me shudder. Imagine subjecting yourself to amputation of a limb without anaesthetic! All succinctly told with the authority of a medical practitioner.
I feel this page turning saga will enlighten, involve and reward the reader on many levels and highly recommend Ken’s book to you.
(reviewed 15 days after purchase)