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Although this book is very well written and evokes the times and the area where it is set very well, I resist the use of the First Pronoun. I know the diaries on which the book is based and her voice is totally different and very unique. I can't understand why the author of this book did not write it as a straight biography. Assumptions are made about relationships and circumstances which may or may not be right, and would be perfectly fine except the author takes over the persona of Minnie, and this denigrates her intent. Geraldine Colson
Boss brings to life the differing hardships of pioneer white settlers and native inhabitants of South Australia during the Nineteenth Century. The at times, unwitting, at other times deliberate, displacement of the Boandik and Wiradjuri tribes by the white man is acutely felt by the protagonist Minnie. Minnie's love of pastoralist, John Brewer (Boss), is also a fascinating story of love in a harsh land.
That it is based on a true story, makes Boss all the more moving in its telling.
Loved this book. It gives a wonderful picture of colonial Australian life in the 19th century, particularly of Melbourne life at the turn of the century. Beautiful character portrayals, threaded with a tragic love story. I loved the vignettes of interesting Australian history featured throughout the book, including a very strong narrative on early indigenous culture. The book provides a fascinating portrayal of early Australian history.