This weeks shout out goes to Elizabeth Fleetwood, a Cornwall native who has been calling Tassie home for 35 years now so I guess we can call her a local!
Elizabeth’s book “A Crying in the Wind” is a sweeping saga, traversing over 200 years of Tasmanian History as told through the interwoven stories of four families beginning in 1812. Well researched, the book really gives you a feel for the harsh realities faced by 19th and 20th century Tasmanians and the struggle faced by our indigenous and immigrant populations.
Here’s a brief synopsis as written by the author:
“This epic and sweeping 200-year saga of an ancient island and its violent transformation from Eden-like paradise to the tourist-destination Tasmania of today, is told through the lives of four families.”
The Aboriginal child Tom, stolen in 1812 and forced into early adulthood with no family, no identity, and no love; the hard working Scottish Fairfield family who leave all that is familiar to establish themselves in an alien place; the convict George Turner whose gentleness and conscience are finally destroyed by hard fate; and later the Dijkstras – displaced from Java and then from the Netherlands by WWII – come seeking a new home in the fabled isle that their own Abel Tasman had discovered in 1642.
As their descendants – ordinary people whom you might meet on the streets of Hobart today – interact around the troubled boy Ty, a threatening environmental mystery, and a fiery climax on the slopes of the grand Western Tiers, this is raw history as well as the heart-warming story of ordinary people, loving, hating and battling along in a difficult setting, indelibly marked by their past, yet striving to rise above it and seek redemption.
Well worth a read!
Resilience were approached by Elizabeth to help her market the book a little while ago now. As part of that process we have built a web site and social media presence, designed brochures and screened cinema advertisements for her.
Visit Site: http://www.acryinginthewind.com/#steps
Visit Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/A-Crying-In-The-Wind-1844977595751627/