This is a deeply-researched historical adventure story. A true story. It opens in 1814, in the smog-shrouded streets of London. It follows the struggles of Robert Bright and Mary Ann Goulding as they make their way in life. The highs and the lows of growing up, hunger, Dickensian poverty, the resurrectionists, the hustle and bustle of Covent Garden market, riots and Luddites, Newgate prison, a death sentence. They are destined to meet, but not yet. Both convicted of minor crimes within a few months of each other, they are separately transported to Van Diemen’s Land, to serve their sentences. Their stories, with intriguing twists and turns, are interwoven with actual events to create a three-dimensional atmosphere and page-turning historical drama.
The author has created characters that leap off the page and the reader is taken back in time to re-live momentous events that are life-changing for all involved.
Reviewers have commented,
~’the author’s irrefutable ability to bring characters and crucial occurrences to life with his wonderfully descriptive narrative, makes for a most immersive and engaging reading experience’ ~’I’m loving the story and just knowing how important this story is to my being here is quite powerful’
~’found myself transported back in time’.
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David Cairns, the Baron of Finavon (an ancient Scottish title), has always been a student of history and has the ability to create an atmosphere and three-dimensional experience with his writing style. Until recently, he was a technology entrepreneur with many successful (and – as he points out – one or two unsuccessful) ventures to his credit. He has lived and worked on four continents and as a result has experienced the history of London and Boston, the buzz of Chicago, Nashville and Silicon Valley, the pioneering atmosphere of the South African bush, the lazy lifestyle of the Bahamas, the cultural diversities of Europe and the laid back lifestyle of Australia, which is where he makes him home these days.
On St. Andrew’s Day and at hogmanay you will probably find him in his kilt, celebrating with a glass of single malt whisky (he prefers the Linkwood malts). He also still gets involved in technology projects, (he chairs a Canadian technology company) and in charitable activity (he sits on the board of Arthritis Queensland) but his new found passion is immersing himself in bringing history to life with his novels.