The Mak­ing of Martin Spar­row

Peter Cochrane, Pen­guin Books, $32.99

Australian Geographic - - The List -

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.

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