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ISBN : 9780440123699
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Number of Pages : 683 Pages
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  • Misfit
    2018-09-14 00:48

    The Exiles is the first in a twelve book series based on the founding of Australia (then New South Wales). Jenny Taggert and her mother are forced out of their farm on the death of her father and head for London in hopes of obtaining employment. I'll not spoil, but life in the big city has its little ups and downs and when she's fifteen, Jenny finds herself falsely accused of a crime, and eventually shipped off to New South Wales with the first group of ships carrying convict labor to the new colony. I think we all know the bare bones about the convict transports, but I hadn't realized the scope of the difficulties involved. Even those that did survive the voyage, there's still the difficulty of taming the land, especially when the majority of the convicts were thieves and murderers who only knew how to survive in the city. Despite some of the details getting a little carried away (to be expected in longer series), this was a good solid read for me, and made especially so by Jenny's character and positive outlook on life no matter what setbacks life threw her. No whining victim here.

  • Frances
    2018-08-24 18:31

    This series - the Australians - is one of the best 'good reads' I know and the perfect way to learn the history of Australia

  • Kelly
    2018-09-11 19:56

    Recommended to me by the owner of a used bookstore I frequent when I asked for fictional books set in Australia, I was immediately impressed. It took me a while to finish because of its length and I read a few books at the same time. This was an extremely good, albeit depressing, look at the birth of Australia. Although the book is fiction, it is factually and historically accurate, and I feel I now understand a bit more about this period in Australia's history. There is even mention of Will and Mary Bryant and their successful voyage to Timor to escape their "prison." The book is one of twelve written by William Stuart Long who was actually Vivian Stuart. I won't be jumping right into the second book but I will definitely be reading more of the series.

  • Nay
    2018-09-15 00:34

    loved this book. So descriptive, was like a movie playing in my head.

  • Janet
    2018-09-01 23:43

    I'm thoroughly enjoying this historical fiction series about Australia.

  • Jill Holmes
    2018-09-04 20:30

    "The Exiles" is a book to make you grateful for the times we live in and for the transformation of governments and nations--particularly England and Australia--to the powerful but peaceful states they are today. This book is the first in the series called "The Australians" by William Stuart Long, who, in fact, is historian Vivian Stuart. She knows her history but also her novel-writing. She establishes Jenny Taggart as her protagonist, a young woman caught mistakenly in thievery and transported to Australia as part of the first wave of exiles sent not to colonize but to dispose of society's criminals (including those who committed the crime of poverty) and useless to a wasteland to be forgotten. We see the struggles of the exiles just in surviving the long sea voyage and then adapting to a new land that is truly a rocky desert filled with fearsome creatures and with few apparent redeeming features. We also see the struggle of those in charge, particularly the government representatives, against the military officials who believe they have the right to land, wealth, and tyranny over the exiles and the government and also against the home government in England that wants nothing to do with the outcasts. Will they survive? Will they thrive? History has already played out the answers, but Stuart's subsequent novels are bound to capture their readers' attentions as we follow Jenny--a fictional "everywoman"--in her triumphs and tragedies.

  • Penny
    2018-08-29 00:29

    This is the first in a long series concerning the settlement of Australia. It follows the first set of convicts with the main protagonist Jenny Taggert, a teenage girl who has been swept off to Australia through no fault of her own. We also get the thoughts and actions of the first governor and the soldiers who were sent to keep order - many ending up behaving worse than the convicts.The story is quick-paced and in places gruesome with plenty of floggings and hangings! Throughout all Jenny continues on, at times she despairs and goes against her original morals in a desperate attempt to gain something caring - but those she chooses to trust let her down.The depiction of the aborigines is interesting and conflicting - showing they had as many good and bad people as did the settlers. The effort of Governor Philips to create a law-abiding self-supporting colony in the face of opposition from the very people he is trying to keep alive was heart breaking - he works himself into ill health until he is finally relieved.This book shows the full breadth of what it took to create Sydney and the toll it took on all involved. This shadows much of the same ground covered in Kate Grenville's book The Secret River.

  • D.A. Cairns
    2018-09-12 19:39

    This book was a total surprise. The Exiles was the first book I have read for along time which actually made me cry. I love Jenny Taggart and I immediately had to start reading the Settlers (sequel to The Exiles) to find out what happens next in her desperate and unfortunate life. All the charcters in this historical fiction are so tangible and the depiction of the early life of our convict nation under Governor Phillip is so engaging and at times rivetting, and disturbing. I felt angry and excited, sad and happy. The internal conflict in both Jenny and Arthur Phillip especially, was captivating.I have learned a little more about how this great nation began through the senses of these wonderful characters, William Stuart Long has brought to life. Read this book. Go for a ride back to the late eighteenth century and lose yourself in another world.

  • Curt
    2018-09-20 22:44

    The Australians series is actually by Vivian Stuart under her pen name, William Stuart Long. There are 11 or 12 of them in the series. I bought them as they came out over several years in the late 80's and early 90's. Pulp paperback, historical fiction--a-la Francis Parkman. Broad appeal as the history is authentic but there is also tragedy and romance, as there surely was in Australian History. The series apparently stops with nationhood, about 1901. I'd have liked to have seen her continue the series up to the present.

  • Jennifer Blair
    2018-09-01 01:36

    Despite the heaving bosom and swarthy men on the cover, this book is less about romance and more about the struggles of homesteading a new land. It was an interesting glimpse into the early settlement of Australia -- the hard lives of the convicts banished there, the corruption of the English soldiers, the all but abandonment of the colony by the motherland. I find myself wanting to read the next book in the series to see how it all turns out for our heroine and her companions.

  • Maureen Young
    2018-09-14 18:30

    Although this novel is historic fiction...it gives a good insight into the plight of the convicts that were transported to Australia in 1788, their harsh treatment during the long journey...Although some of the convicts were notorious others only stole to survive and were deported to a land so far off that there was no return for them...The author leaves no holds unbarred in her description of the people,m the times and the place. This book is a genuine eye opener.

  • Jena
    2018-08-22 21:52

    This is historical fiction at its best, a sweeping saga of the settlement of a wild land we now know as Australia. Jenny Taggart is my favorite kind of heroine - resourceful, intelligent, strong, unflinchingly moral in the midst of a den of thieves, compassionate to a fault, and brave. The book may not be as fast-paced as the ones written in 2013, but its portrayal of the harrowing oceanic voyage from England to Australia is unparallelled!

  • Maudie
    2018-08-25 02:29

    I enjoyed this read from the first page to the last and have just received the next two volumes of "The Australians." If these are as entertaining, informative and well-written as Book I, William Stuart Long will have me as a reader to the ending of this saga.In fact, I am re-reading "The Exiles" to my husband as I start the second book, "The Settlers," for myself.

  • Laura
    2018-09-14 20:50

    I read this entire series as a young adult and wanted to re-read it. I did enjoy the book the second time. It did drag in a few spots, but I liked it again.

  • Steph
    2018-08-21 19:29

    This is my favourite book series. I've read it about 20 times. If you like Australian Convict history you'll love this.

  • Alucard
    2018-09-07 22:43

    Have always loved this cover. That, ladies and gentlemen is a bodice and the man behind her at some point in this novel is going to tear it off her and ravish her until the morning.

  • Deidre(Dee) ~ Official Bookworm ~
    2018-08-29 02:39

    I have finished this amazingly wonderful story, combined with fiction, and fact. A story of a young girl, named Jenny Taggart, falsely accused of theft and transported to the new colony 'Australia', to live out her life as a convict working the land. Life is tough for Jenny, and her friends, but amazingly they get through it, and life gets a little easier for all. But with the retirement of governor Arthur Phillip back to England, life as Jenny knows will once again become hard with the arrival of a new governor. I loved reading this beautifully written story of the founding of Australia, and all the hardships, as the first people landed at Port Jackson, and the survival of convicts, and soldiers, as they carved out a new life in this harsh, barren land.

  • Kat
    2018-09-09 22:43

    Loved this booked, great story that only partially covers the struggle the convicts went through to establish a colony in an inhospitable terrain. It has humanity, loved, hope, drama, heroine s and heros and gives an example of never-quit-character.

  • Robbyn Lowry
    2018-08-31 22:42

    Interesting introduction to a series of books about settlement in Australia.

  • Danielle
    2018-08-25 21:47

    I suddenly remembered this series of books today. I think I read them all when I was about 12 and had started taking an interest in historical fiction. Well worth a read.

  • Rosemary Morris
    2018-09-16 23:48

    The Exiles, the first novel in Stuart’s twelve sagas, swept me back in time. Stuart doesn’t shirk from describing the horrors the convicts endured on the first fleet sent to Botany Bay. She describes, to use a cliché, the good, the bad and the ugly, who faced starvation. Innocent of a crime, courageous Jenny Taggart, despite a heart-breaking past after her father was driven off his land. After his death, she and her mother were forced to go to London where they fell into bad company. Despite all obstacles, Jenny is determined to work hard and flourish. Stuart describes the Governor’s efforts and the difficulties he faces, including the native Australians’ hostility. I borrowed this fascinating novel, which I highly recommend, from the library. I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series, The Settlers, in which I hope to meet Jenny Taggart again and find out if life deals kindly with her.

  • Stephanie
    2018-09-03 23:31

    This was a great story! It is historical fiction, but reads more like an adventure story. Well written and very precise in historical detail, this author writes more with action and dialog than description.This is the beginning history of Australia starting with Jenny Taggert in rural England. The story weaves around her eventual arrest and transportation to a penal colony that these first prisoners will create. It spans the first five years of the colony. I don't normally read general fiction, but my Mom was a huge fan of this series. This is the first of 12 books.

  • Carol Mandel
    2018-09-08 18:52

    I had to search for this book...motivated to read it since I just traveled to Australia, and am a (proud)descendent of two convicts sent there from England. I wanted to learn what their lives were like. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and the fictional characters inserted into actual historical facts. Great way to learn about the establishment of early Australia.Anxiously waiting for the second book of the series to arrive!

  • Nayari
    2018-08-21 21:59

    I cannot wait for the next book to arrive from the library. This book was beautifully crafted, I was with each person the whole way, the twists and turns and betrayals exciting. The author's multi-person storytelling added a level of novelty and excitement to each page and I cared about each person. I loved the detail...enough but not too much...and the directness of the story. All in all, a fantastic book, well worth its five stars.

  • Kelanne Arasim
    2018-09-01 22:42

    That would be nice to know IF online somewhere to download. I had(and think somewhere in a storage unit, deep in the back, in a box of books) the whole series. Was a great!!! series!!! My M-I-L got me reading them back in the 80's...and I loved them so much, hunted down the missing books, and have held on to them. BUT...I'd love to reread without digging through a storage unit. Will leave that treasure to a "Storage War" episode for others. :)

  • Fred Ann
    2018-08-28 18:52

    e are intoduced to many of the characters who will be destined to transportation to the new land of New south Wales, a newly established penal colony in the land that today is australia. The growth and development of the colony suffers through many set backs as do many of the characters in the story. A wonderful historic read.

  • Tammy
    2018-09-09 21:34

    This is the second time I read this book and loved it just as much as I did five years ago. The harsh life that unfairly sent young Jenny as a convict on the first ship to the new penal colony of New South Wales and the first five years under the governorship of Authur Philip. This book will sweep you up from start to finish.

  • Judy
    2018-09-06 19:46

    I read the entire series and loved every book. It has become my favorite series of all time. I would like to read it again but I have given the series to an elderly lady who loves to read. Hopefully someday I will again have the opportunity to re-read this.

  • Tasha-Lynn
    2018-09-18 22:56

    I really enjoyed this....There were parts that were really slow and a lot of the secondary characters I couldnt keep straight...but I love a good historical novel and this delivered for me. I will definitely move on to the second one!

  • Jan
    2018-09-21 18:33

    Read the entire series years ago & wish my library carried them. Vivian Stuart same as WSL - apparently paperback only. Greatly enjoyed, interesting history of transports & Australia.