A moving and insightful novel about the life and times of Samuel Speed, believed to be the last of the transported convicts to die in Australia, and a vivid recreation of life in Australia's penal era by the bestselling author of Soldier Boy.
Anthony Hill is a multi-award-winning, bestselling author. His novel Soldier Boy, about Australia's youngest known Anzac, was winner of the 2002 NSW Premier's Literary Award for Books for Young Adults. More recently, his children's book, Captain Cook's Apprentice, won the 2009 NSW Premier's Young People's History Prize. Soldier Boy, Young Digger, Animal Heroes and For Love as Country follow as further testimony to his remarkable ability to extensively research historical material and, from wide-ranging sources, piece together a moving and exciting story. He is also the author of two novellas, the beautiful Shadow Dog, and the award-winning The Burnt Stick, illustrated by Mark Sofilas, as well as the picture book, Lucy's Cat and the Rainbow Birds, illustrated by Jane Tanner. After 40 years living in Canberra, Anthony and his wife, Gillian,have moved to the Mornington Peninsula. Their daughter, son-in-law and grand-daughter, Emily, live in Melbourne.