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An enthralling novel from Thomas Keneally, set in Australia and the Sudan and spanning the 19th and 20th centuries. 

Prim, an aid worker in the Sudan, is contacted by her sister Dimp, who is back in Australia. She has come into possession of revealing documents concerning their ancestors: transported from Manchester, their great-grandfather was the son of a convict, while their great grandmother was not only a convict, too, but Jewish. 

As the story unfolds, through letters and a journal, of how John Bettany made his fortune and of Sarah's time in the notorious Female Factory, the sisters gain new perspectives on their roots. And as Prim's travels progress, she realises that her life is paralleling the perilous paths taken by her great-grandmother, and her enthusiasms and loves as well. 

A compelling portrait of the white origins of Australia and of two adventurous, spirited young women, 150 years apart.

©2000 Tom Keneally (P)2019 Bolinda Publishing

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Mispronounced common Arabic words. Very irritating

I had to correct the pronunciation common Arabic words like Insha'Allah and Sheikh. Too irritating. Unprofessional.

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Boring

I couldn't get past first chapter, the story may appear later but it was so tedious I gave up

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