Firstly, let me congratulate Garry on not only these two wonderful books but also on all the previous books he has written. Garry's imagination and intellect shine through in every way , and his research skills are second to none. His choices of topics and overall adaptations are superb.
With these two books, Garry has managed to mould two historically true stories into a very exciting and mind-blowing experience for the reader.
Both books tell the stories of desperate men prepared to do anything to escape the ferocity, control and overall deprecation that the British authorities were prepared to go to keep these prisoners from the populace because they were deemed the "scum of society". It is true that some of these convicts were bad, but most were only guilty of one thing and that is trying to improve their lot in life.
The effects that these conditions would have had on these men and women most likely would be devastating. Through these books, Garry has shown us the lengths that the convicts went to escape the horrific conditions they found themselves in. Their ingenuity to foil their captors and their tenacity shine through. They shared comradeship, loyalty and strengths.
Overall brilliantly written and adapted books. The reader will go on a journey through our past and enjoy all the aspects of the convict's lives and eventual outcomes. Historically correct, researched to minute detail and a great yarn. The reader will be sympathetic, overawed and understanding of the convict's plight and the authorities who operate a need for total subjugation of them. I have no hesitation in recommending these books to anyone interested in historical events and knowledge. I know you will enjoy every page and implore you to immerse yourselves in these two books. A great read.
For those with an interest in Australian Military History, this book not only draws one’s interest to the life in the trenches of WW1 and to their sons in WW2 that occurred twenty years later but also ‘larrikinism’ of the Aussie digger abroad during these periods in history.
This book held my interest for its full length with just the right amount of all the emotions depicted. The ups and downs of the men both when serving and on their return to Australia.
A well researched and written book which does not disguise the author’s interest in the Soldier Settlers of Australia and Commonwealth countries. Definitely a good read.
by G. & F. Threlfall
PTSD has been documented throughout history since man first began clubbing each other with rocks. Our understanding of this debilitation has only increased or become more visible in our digital age. In the past, it was seen as a source of shame and embarrassment, not just for those suffering PTSD, but also their families and loved ones. The dark ages are gone we hope. We now strive to understand the effects of war on the minds of our men, women and families.
G.S. Willmott, in his book, has highlighted those who have suffered similar and often the very same symptoms documented throughout the centuries. Garry's mix of documented research and fact, combined with a somewhat personal narrative of each story and sufferer, provides us with a better eye-opening experience of PTSD. The reader can now put two-and-two together and begin to understand their own experiences of their grandfather, father, brother or sister, and how they returned from war, conflict or trauma as 'damaged goods'.
Thanks for the opportunity to be a part of this project. Readers will not be disappointed.
Gallipoli Artist and avid Historian