This excellent novel sat on my bookshelf for some months before I finally got around to reading it. I am not su‘The Potato Factory’ by Bryce Courtnay.
This excellent novel sat on my bookshelf for some months before I finally got around to reading it. I am not sure why, perhaps it was the title that did not strike the right cords. I even picked it up a couple of times, but dismissed it. What an oversight that was. 'The Potato Factory' is a journey back in time to Dickensian London and all the filth and squalor that inspired Charles Dickens to pen his many novels, and in particular ‘Oliver Twist’. Although written as a work of fiction, the author chose this route to publication only as a method of filling out the bare facts as recorded in historical periodicals of the time, both here and in Van Demons Land. As a work of fiction he was also afforded the luxury of adding some excellent dialogue. The central character in this true tale is Ikey Solomon whom most readers will recognise as ‘Fagan’ from ‘Oliver Twist.’ This was no coincidence, as he was the inspiration behind this well-known classic, as were many other colourful characters, such as Sparrow Fart ( The Artful Dodger,) and Bob Marley (Bill Sykes.) Other Characters include ‘Sperm Whale Sally’ and ‘Billygonequeer’. Charles Dickens himself is reputed to have interview Sparrow Fart in his capacity as a young reporter after the well-documented escape from Newgate prison and trial of Ikey Solomon at the old bailey. With such a cast this is a hard book to put down. In a society where petty criminals could be hanged or transported for merely picking a pocket, or prostitution, the reader will cringe at the cruelty and hypocrisy of the so called law and aristocracy. The second half of this book is set in Van Demons Land (Now Tasmania,) but to find out how our immigrants fare you are just going to have to read it for yourself. Fascinating in its detail of real characters and actual events, and consuming in its prose. ‘The Potato Factory.’ ...more
A fascinating account of two women’s (mother and daughter) determination to gain wealth, and respectability at any cost. Lies, forgery, murder, abductA fascinating account of two women’s (mother and daughter) determination to gain wealth, and respectability at any cost. Lies, forgery, murder, abduction and a fake pregnancy all conspire to rob their daughter, and sister of her child. But Jessie, their victim is a fighter. With an assortment of oddball friends and social outcasts, she fights back, not just against her own sister and mother, but against a government policy that tries to breed black out of its indigenous peoples. Set against the baron squalor, and racial prejudice of the Australian outback before, during, and post world war one ‘Jessica’ is based on real events. A must read....more
Some months ago I was honoured to be invited to read the first draft of this book. I was even permitted to give some opinion on the characters and theSome months ago I was honoured to be invited to read the first draft of this book. I was even permitted to give some opinion on the characters and their backgrounds. But Pattimari Sheets has taken her work far beyond those early days, and written a compelling novel. Time Heals Forgiveness Mends: Susan’s husband is murdered, who could have committed such a horrific crime? Susan’s devoted housekeeper, but is she as devoted as she seems. Susan befriends her husbands very pregnant young lover, but is she as naive as she makes out? Then there is her husbands estranged brother, can he possibly be as charming as he makes out? The prime candidate has to be her bitch of a sister-in-law, after all the family business is at steak. Susan stands to inherit, could she be next? The police are baffled, so it is up to Susan to find out who killed her philandering husband? A ‘Who Done It’ in a modern style, that will keep you guessing until the final chapters. Highly recommended, M.J.Croan author 'Right Hand Up To God.' ...more
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Linda Johnson "Linda Barnett-Johnson"# (Montana) Great Suspense with Twist and Turns., April 30, 2010
Right Hand Up To God, No More Will Die by M.J. Croan SUSPENSE/THRILLER Alone in the Everglades, Lori promises her dying mother she will care for her newborn brother, Michael. Over the months and years that follow she will strive to keep her promise.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE PRLog (Press Release) Right Hand Up To God, No More Will Die is a fascinating account of a young girl, Lori, living in the squalor of life in the Everglades, raising her newborn brother, to clear across the world to Shaun O’Brien, born into the bloodshed and bedlam of Northern Ireland. If you like to travel from country to continent, with plots that twist and turn and characters that you grow to love and fight for, then this is the book for you.
The book grabs you from the beginning and won’t let you rest. Lori has to raise a newborn, at the age of ten and fight off the drunken bouts and the unfortunate attack on her young body. What happens next is… well; you’ll have to buy the book. I don’t want to give away the secrets of this suspenseful story. It will hold your attention until the very end. ...more
‘The Thorn Birds’ grabbed me from the very beginning. Having spent several enjoyable years in Australia, and in the very location in which this book i‘The Thorn Birds’ grabbed me from the very beginning. Having spent several enjoyable years in Australia, and in the very location in which this book is set Coleen McCullough’s excellent prose drew me back on a nostalgic journey of my youth. Now as a writer myself, if I ever attain any nonentity, as such, it will be in no small part due to this excellent book....more
Undoubtedly the best western of all time. Expertly crafted as a book, and as a TV series. If there is anybody left out there that has not read this boUndoubtedly the best western of all time. Expertly crafted as a book, and as a TV series. If there is anybody left out there that has not read this book, or watched as a series, then I highly recommend it....more