An Australian Story – Gordon Smith

This is a story of redemption and turmoil, violence and ambition, love and loss, and of course, Australia. This is quite an epic piece of writing, and the author crafts a long-winded, but beautifully crafted story of a family through half a dozen generations, in a way that few authors would dare to undertake. Not only that, he balanced family dynamics and a rich narrative with some of the most impactful events in modern history. There was a wealth of research behind this book to make so much of it so believable but what really pushes this book over the edge of great for me was his diligent character work – bringing these people to life for his readers, as we watch them grow as individuals and evolve as a family unit. Truly Impressive Stuff!