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…the story of Australia’s white settlement. It empties the vacuum cleaner with which modern Australians are at last cleaning under the carpet where for generations the dust of truth has been swept.
…from his first days at Sydney Cove he lives the shame of a nation’s founding.
…the aborigine too finds his securities shattered, faced with the terrible realisation that his heritage is crumbling.
The butt of intimidation and victimisation, he questions past standards and wrestles with new. Threatened securities become shattered. He can but dream of a world where there is compassion and dignity.
Disparaged that in the convict heart is only shame for his world he discovers in the black man’s culture, solace and dignity. Yet the shame will not die.
Was life a shit, the unwanted waste of human endeavour? Was the world the poop-pail in which mankind wallowed in the swill that life had become?
He was lost in a wilderness between boyhood and manhood, innocence and evil, understanding and uncaring, between two worlds, that of his nurture and that of his gaoler. And he feared the void.
Never had he needed to question values or doubt standards. He and his world had ever been one, two parts of a whole, in unison. Never did he consider he and his environment separate, never was there conflict between what it expected of him and he of it. Every standard he held to, of life, mankind, love, honour, all were creations of the world he’d known. The difference between right and wrong had ever been simple to distinguish, acceptance ever been instinctive. Never did he question that social interaction ruled the world.
Yet now he found a crossroads.
The people of the world he was now part of insisted his values were false, his standards based on false premise. Could he have been naive in believing that in all men there was need each for the other if they were to live in harmony? He’d ever followed a course true to such a philosophy, yet if they were right, that the environment his early world created was wrong, were then the values nurtured by it wrong? Or had he simply failed to fairly assess them?
A frightening doubt.
Seven years they gave him to accept their right, deny his wrong.
And they would chain him, flog him, degrade and vilify him until he did.
What superior sense of value was this?
He could not understand their world, yet captive in its environment, was surely then, opportunity to gauge their values, weigh them against his.
He would test it fair, listen with open mind, observe with open eyes.
Seven years would test it, the opportunity theirs, the challenge his.
Following a career in business management at international level, Kev attained a degree in journalism to then sweat as far up the River Nile as one can get, canoe down the Amazon, flash countless rolls of film from atop the Eiffel Tower, the heights above Yosemite, the Victoria Falls et al, scream “Ole” at a Chihuahua bullfight, ride elephant trails in Thai jungles, wallow in the incredible history of Rapa Nui’s Maoi, and as convention almost demands, was mugged in Bogota. His articles on travel to exotic lands have featured in travel and airline magazines around the world.
Meanwhile, being a sixth generation descendant of Australia’s First Fleeters with an obsessive interest in Australia’s founding history, he was concerned over the generations of suppression in the education of Australians, on clouding the truth in what really happened. Years of fact-finding with the help of other dedicated researchers revealed all and Kev vowed to set the history books aright by bringing the brutal truths of convictism to light. He is well qualified to do so for as a student of First Fleet history he has presented his subject on many occasions in press, radio and television interviews. He is a Past President of ‘The First Fleet Fellowship’ and a Past Secretary of ‘The Descendants of Convicts Inc.’. During Australia’s 1988 Bicentenary he officiated in Founding celebrations in Sydney, Melbourne, Hobart and Norfolk Island and for his work during that Bicentenary, was created Honorary Life Member of ‘The Regiment of Redcoat Descendants’.
Kev now devotes his life to writing on not only his country’s convict history, but general fiction with an Australian flavour. He recognises the growing trend towards digital reading so follows the world’s top authors in publishing his works both as traditional paperbacks and eBooks.
His Gurrewa and Brogan series released by Wings ePress are to be followed by Letitia Munro in December 2008, To Plough Van Diemen’s Land in June 2009 and The Terrible Truths in December 2009, the last three being more works on his country’s convict beginnings. Short synopses of all can be read on www.kev-richardson.com. And more works are in the pipeline.
These days Kev travels less, having retired from his Gold Coast home, left his grown family and friends to write from experiences and adventures during his exciting travels, happily ensconced in the foothills of the Golden Triangle in amazing Thailand’s exotic north.
I very much enjoyed Brogan--it makes me want to go explore the channel country and corner-country. What a fascinating part of Australian history! -- Karen Babcock, editor
FIVE-STAR AWARD! Although our hero, Adam Ashby is Kev Richardson’s fictionalized convict-birthed character born to an unwed couple, a ‘bolted’ convict and his ‘colony wife’, this story nonetheless represents the real life history of New South Wales’ struggles to become more than just an overflow prison for England’s criminals. For those of you who miss the history in your Historical reads, you’ll not be disappointed in this factional account of Australian history 1790–1820s. “I just love the way you throw a story together.” -- JoEllen, Conger Book Reviews, USA
Letitia Munro: Richardson shows very poignantly where the Australian ‘free spirit’ and attitudes to authority stem from. As a glimpse into the times of just over 200 years ago, it is a fine historical record. I enjoyed this work immensely; it should be compulsory reading for all, especially Australians. -- Lang Reid “Chiang Mai Mail” and “Pattaya Mail”
Five Star Award! Letitia Munro, by Kev Richardson, himself a 6th generation descendant First Fleeter, continues his authentic historical account about the 162,000 convicts imprisoned on New South Wales. It was a land that not even the king himself knew had too little fresh water for drinking, or sufficient tillable soil to support the hoards of convicts he sent to populate the colony. -- JoEllen Conger—Conger Books Reviews, USA
Letitia Munro: I just love the way you throw a story together… -- JoEllen Conger—Conger Books Reviews, USA
Book Publisher: Wings e Press
No. of Pages: 254
Paper Weight (lb): 10.6
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