"Carol Baxter is doing for Australian history what our athletes are doing for sport: she's making it exciting, interesting and world class ... America has its wild west, yet Australia, just as wild and amoral, has always been portrayed by writers as grey and insipid. But Baxter's vivid descriptions and exciting narrative are set to change all that ... It is in her description of Thunderbolt's 'companion' and chief lieutenant, Mary Ann Bugg, that Baxter excels, giving us the most intense understanding of life outside civil colonial society ... This beautifully told story may change the way we see our history."
As my publicist at Allen & Unwin said: "I can see the future cover quote now"!
Thank you to the reviewer Alan Gold for understanding and appreciating my unique style of writing history.