A fine new novel . . . Keneally's story illustrates an innocent if brash new world contaminated by old-world sins . . . superb storytelling and strong narrative framework
Subtle and gripping
Thomas Keneally has always been remarkable for the breadth of his vision . . . This is an impressive performance, ingeniously constructed, extremely telling
A major Australian work of art . . . a memorable reading experience
A master in fine fettle . . . a brave, brisk book, loud with the lessons of history.
Thomas Keneally's plots are as pugnacious as his prose
A dark and thrilling novel
A brilliant book