‘Do not shoot. I am a B-b-British object.’

I’m currently reading this book as research for my Creative Writing course and I can’t praise it enough! It’s a historical book set in 19th century Queensland, at a time when the European settlers were making the land their own. Gemmy Fairley has been shipwrecked and raised by an Aboriginal community (the original natives of the land). When he stumbles on a small Scottish settlement, he tries to integrate himself, with dire consequences.

This book has themes of isolation, cultural shock (of being am alien amongst your own people), of exile, fear and misunderstanding. It is also a compelling read, beautifully written with a dreamy, emotional quality in its language that resonates with the reader. 5/5

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