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.