When Dimp Bettany, a Sydney film producer, comes into possession of her ancestor John Bettany's journals, she believes she has finally found the subject of her next masterpiece.
Even her more detached sister Prim, an aid worker in the Sudan, becomes intrigued as the story unfolds of how John Bettany carved out a living in the wilds of New South Wales in the 1840s, and of the internment in the notorious Female Factory of Sarah Bernard, the convict woman he was destined to meet.
As John's and Sarah's paths converge, each sister finds her life cast in a new and galvanising light.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 608 pages
- Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
- Publication Date: 21/06/2001
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780340624753
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Review by jeanned
This book required some work on my part. While it is beautifully written, and each character has a distinctive voice, it is lyrical rather than gripping. Slow reading, but it could have been that I was mentally preoccupied with other things at the time.