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    The Australian connection.

    Tom Keneally always writes with such compassion, affection and insight for his characters. His depictions of Napoleon and of the Balcombe family are rich in understanding and sympathy. Their strengths and weaknesses are described without judgement, creating a deep and real story of a flawed great man and his flawed friendships and loyalties.
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    Fascinating

    I was surprised by this book. Have found it difficult in the past to 'get into' Keneally's books though I loved 'Daughters of Mars'. I found the language in this a little stilted at times though I suppose it was in keeping with the era. Certainly an interesting read about a time and characters of history I knew little about. Definitely some surprises and no doubt some literary licence and imaginings by Keneally but a writer of his calibre would also have done extensive research.
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    Amazing story

    I was blown away. How an, at least middle aged, male author - no matter how much research has been done - can write a story from the point of view of a teenage girl is beyond me, The politics of the era, the social mores of the time are covered in much detail and the enmity and the alliances between characters (often at the same time) made for interesting, intriguing and instructive reading.
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