Absence of Manners
Jeannie Morgan, author
Set in early 18 th century in colonial Australia, Absence of Manners traces the journey of two people, an innocent young woman and the convict she helps escape from certain execution. Her guilt about this, leads her to a life as a governess to outback families. Meanwhile the convict continues his escape through the help of local and then American Whaling Crews. Returning to England he is able to establish his innocence and resume his privileged life. He , however, feels beholden to those who risked their lives to help him and so returns to try and find them especially the girl.