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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.