An unforgettable tale of love, loss and betrayal from an exciting new Australian voice in historical fiction. In stark contrast to her own childhood during the last days of the Raj in India, the spectacular beauty surrounding their home, Rathgarven in Ireland has proven to be a happy place for Kathleen O'Sullivan and her husband, James, to raise their four children.
From the back of a boat it is easy to feel close to the past, even the very distant past. The waves that surge around you and the wind that fills your sails are the same as those that carried the ancient Phoenicians to Carthage, Columbus to the new world and Cook to the Pacific.
Through the beautiful Aegean Sea, the great jungle clad ranges of Papua New Guinea, the pristine beauty of Tasmania and the incredible inland waterways of Europe, our path crosses those of many of history’s greats. Julius Caesar extracting vengeance on pirates on a remote Greek island, Odysseus looting Troy, Winston Churchill organising some epic Mediterranean disasters, the rapacious Barbarossa’s from Lesbos, the despicable crusaders sacking Constantinople the greatest city on earth, the remarkable scientists of the first Age of Enlightenment and the Christians who destroyed it, powerful Emperors and Empresses, Sultans and Sultanahs, the sailors and entrepreneurs who for a time made the Netherlands the richest and most powerful nation on earth, and the place where democracy really started to flourish.
Rob and Rosemary were compiling a new book on the beautiful waterways of Europe. However, COVID has put a stop to that for the time being. There are around 40,000 kilometres of navigable waterways in Europe, which is a far greater distance than the circumference of the earth. If you have enjoyed our previous books we hope you will look forward to this one too.