The epic Australian novel that was inspired by a diary Tom Keneally discovered while researching The Great Shame. When Sydney film producer Dimp Bettany discovers the memoirs of her ancestors, John Bettany and Sarah Bernard, she is convinced she has found the vehicle for her next masterpiece. Filtered through Dimp's correspondence with her sister, Prim, an aid worker in the Sudan, we are drawn into the lives of John Bettany, a man far ahead of his time, as he shares his vivid impressions of a new colony, and his future wife Sarah, a former convict who has been interred in the notorious Female Factory and who has a close friendship with an English murderess.
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Review: Bettany's BookUser Review - Michael Mullen - Goodreads
I would struggle to equate another modern writer with the literary ingenuity manifested in this novel. Read full review
Review: Bettany's BookUser Review - Paula - Goodreads
How many books combine Sudan with New South Wales? Well that's what Thomas Keneally does in this book as the narrative time-travels between Jonathan Bettany, who was one of the first white men to ... Read full review