This is the story of two families - branches of the Solomons - transported to an alien land, both of whom eventually grow rich and powerful but who, through three generations, never for one moment relinquish their hatred for each other. It is also the story of Australia from the beginning until Australia came of age as a nation.
When I arrived in Australia from Africa 44 years ago I wanted to read everything about my new country. To my enormous chagrin, this task took only three or four months. The early writing on Australia seemed to me to be very sparse and I wondered why this should be. The explanation given to me was that because we are a nation started by convicts, eighteenth and nineteenth century writers found that Australians were ashamed of their history and didn’t want to read about it. This meant that all those books written by the novelists of that era for other countries are missing in this one. So, I decided that I would try, as my thank you note to Australia for having me, to write the three books I would most have liked to have found when I arrived. While it has been a labour of love, the books (thank God) have been enormously successful both in Australia and overseas. If you love historical novels you will find that Australian history makes for wonderful storytelling. All are big books so I’m sure you’ll get your money’s worth.