Tasman Reviews

Kirkus Reviews, 2018

In this historical novel, Eger (When the Music Stops: Dance On, 2015, etc.) draws on substantial research to tell the story of Ean McClaud, a printer’s apprentice accused of theft in England and quickly deported to Australia, a British penal colony for much of the 19th century.

Eger paints a vivid portrait of the Tasmanian penal colony and does not shy away from graphic descriptions of the violent and cruel techniques used to control the prisoners. The depictions of floggings and beatings, while detailed, are never overly gratuitous.

A well-researched, if limited, tale of life in a Tasmanian penal colony and the horrors of wrongful conviction.