Book Review: The Tin Ticket – The Heroic Journey of Australia’s Convict Women, by Deborah J. Swiss


Chapter 10: Bendigo’s Gold

Bendigo’s Gold is the story of the families now being followed in The Tin Ticket as they move toward the gold rush in the gold fields of Victoria. It provides a short, almost rushed account, of life for those heading off to make their fortune in the gold fields. As always, an insight into this period is provided, right down to various incidentals of what life was like for these prospectors. There was the very real prospect of being robbed, both by bushrangers on the roads leading to the gold fields and the inspectors on the gold fields. Life was a difficult prospect for most during the gold rushes and especially so for those with young families.

Included in this chapter is an account of events leading up to the rebellion that has come down to us in history as the Eureka Stockade, which began as the fight for miners rights and finished with that bloody battle and the crushing of the miners rebellion.

There are further brief descriptions of what the lives of each of the three women and their descendants brought for them. The narrative though is quickly brought to a conclusion toward the end of chapter 10 and there is a sense that more could have been told regarding the stories of these remarkable women and their thirst for freedom in the Australian bush.

Chapter 10 is essentially the end of the book proper, though there are a number of appendixes following the end of this chapter. Overall, I think the book tends to be a bit rushed in sections, though well written. I have a bit of a thing for detail and appreciate more thorough investigations within nonfiction works, yet still found this book to be a very valuable contribution to the written history of early colonial Australia. I would highly recommend The Tin Ticket to anyone with an interest in Australian history and our convict past.

I think I would give it somewhere between a 3.5 and 4 out of 5 as a rating.

Buy this book at Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0043RSIWI/

Apple and the Ebooks Lawsuit


The link below is to an article that takes a look at why Apple is still fighting the suit brought against it.

For more visit:
http://online.wsj.com/article_email/SB10001424127887323689204578573874030205966-lMyQjAxMTAzMDIwODEyNDgyWj.html

Article: A Facebook Page Can’t Replace an Author Website


The link below is to an article that looks at reasons why a Facebook page can’t replace an author’s website.

For more visit:
http://janefriedman.com/2013/06/29/facebook-cant-replace-website/

Why E-readers Are Good for Books: People Read More


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There’s a lot of angst in the book publishing industry — and among book lovers — about the rise of the e-book and the decline of the printed version, but there’s good news for those who care about books regardless of what form they take: A growing body of evidence shows that people with e-readers are reading more books. A recent survey found that 40 percent of those with e-readers said they were reading more books than they used to before they had the device, which is consistent with earlier data on e-reading habits. E-book sales climbed by more than 200 percent in the first six months of this year, according to the Association of American Publishers.

The survey by Marketing and Research Resources found that 58 percent of those with e-readers (including the Apple iPad (s aapl), the Amazon Kindle (s amzn) and the Sony Reader (s sne)) said they…

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