The Making of Martin Sparrow
Peter Cochrane, Penguin Books, $32.99
EX-CONVICT Martin Sparrow has had his livelihood washed away by the great 1806 Hawkesbury River flood. He faces a choice: stay, do the hard yards of rebuilding his farm, and try his luck at love, or strike out beyond the mountains to the unknown. Acclaimed historian Peter Cochrane’s first novel is rich in utterly convincing period detail, and tells a powerful tale of desperate people in desperate times.