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  • 07/2021
  • B098DC1XMP
  • 296 pages
  • $4.99
Bruce Mitchell
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Wide Sky People
Wide Sky People – Volume 1 of the Thornton Series Wide Sky People is the journey of the Thornton family from Ireland to Sydney, over the fabled Blue Mountains to the town of Orange in Central Western New South Wales. The story starts in the 1840’s when Mick and Cate Thornton and their two boys survive four months at sea to encounter false arrest, bushrangers, crooked cops, working the land and a devastating bushfire, to name just a few. Their sons Michael and John take us on a journey through the gold rush, where boys became men. This is a story that has been lived by many, but told by few; with action, colourful characters, sadness, and plenty of wry humour. It speaks of the strong women and men who saw a Wide Sky full of promise, and turned a colony into a country.
Reviews
Amazon Customer

Having visited Australia many times, I am fascinated by novels about the early days of the white settlers/invaders in the country. Wide Sky People is a great example of a well-researched story giving great insight into the hardships faced during that time. It follows a couple from Ireland as they leave behind all they know and bravely set off to a new life. We follow the story of them and their family as they endure hardships and successes. The characters are believable and the storyline keeps the pages turning. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and can recommend it.

Elaine Schroller

I thoroughly enjoyed the saga of the Thornton family, emigrating from Ireland to Australia in 1840, their first year in Sydney, and their lives thereafter in Central Western New South Wales. The bits of Australia's history liberally sprinkled throughout the Thorton's story were most welcome - like the US, Australia is a country of immigrants who found their way in a new land, and I loved discovering more Australian history. Definitely recommend!

Fiona Pearson

Loved the book, I have lived in Orange for the majority of my life and enjoyed reading about the area.

Formats
Paperback Details
  • 07/2021
  • B098DC1XMP
  • 296 pages
  • $4.99

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