Join Australia's master storyteller Bryce Courtenay on the sweeping adventures of twin brothers Tommo and Hawk Solomon. Brutally kidnapped and separated in childhood, Tommo and Hawk are reunited at the age of 15 in Hobart Town. Together, they escape their troubled pasts and set off on a journey into manhood. From whale hunting in the Pacific to the Maori wars of New Zealand, from the Rocks in Sydney to the miners' riots in the goldfields, Tommo and Hawk must learn each other's strengths and weaknesses in order to survive. Along the way, Hawk meets the outrageous Maggie Pye, who brings love and laughter into his life. But the demons of Tommo's past return to haunt the brothers. With Tommo at his side, Hawk takes on a fight against all odds to save what they cherish most. Brilliantly evoking a time of struggle and triumph in the young colonies, Bryce Courtenay has created an unforgettable tale of the enduring bond between two brothers.
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.