I believe Hannah offers wide appeal to the reading public who value and are enthralled by Australia’s early history and, in particular, the fascinating lives of our female convicts. Hannah is historically accurate and significant in its realistic descriptions of life in the prison ship, early Sydney Town, the notorious Parramatta Female Factory and farming life on the harsh, remote settlements of the Hawkesbury and the Southern Highlands.
Hannah is fundamentally a success story, a young impoverished convict girl from Kent surviving the filth and degradation of imprisonment, the terror of a convict ship and life in the raw during the embryonic birth of the new colony. Above all, it a story of personal courage in overcoming hardships and in the search for romance and family love. Nine generations of Australians owe their existence to this resilient young woman who never again saw the land of her birth and the peaceful green hills of Kent.
- Raymond Clarke, April 2011
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