“The Move” Giveaway #6 (AUS Only)

I’m happy to be moving on quite quickly with my books.  I’m feeling a lot less guilty when I look at the shelf these days 😀  The bad news is that nothing seems to be happening with the building for the past month!!  After a few weeks trying to contact the builder, someone FINALLY returned our call to advise the bricks have been delayed and that’s why no works have been done.  Ggggrrr, the bricks just have to be delayed when the weather is favorable.  Let’s hope the bricks will come soon!

A Quick Review of the last read: 1788 by David Hill

This book described the situation which drove the transport of convicts to Australia, the actual transport, and the first few years of settlement.  The convicts’ situations were pitiful to begin with; imprisoned due to petty crimes (which merited hanging to begin with but was reduced to transportation), cramped in hulks lacking in food and hygiene.  They were then transported in cramped conditions and as they were mostly weak in health, many of them will not make it anyway.  For those who did make it, Botany Bay was not the promised land overflowing of milk and honey.  Life in Australia was harsh and without regular assistance, they will perish.  Nonetheless, some who settled in Australia persisted and was rewarded for their effort.

Here’s an extract to show how terrible things were:

…the convict quarters as being seventy-five feet long by thirty-five feet at the widest point (22.8 by 10.6 metres) and the height five feet seven inches (1.7 metres) at the lowest point.  Within this space were the ‘miserable apartments for confining, boarding and lodging’ four hundred and twenty-four male convicts.  Each cabin was six feet square, giving each man only thirty-seven cubic feet of airspace – about the size of two coffins… all convicts ‘except those of good character or ill health’ to be put in irons.  Many died before the ship had even left the port, only to be ‘thrown overboard unhamocked and unweighted’.  During the voyage fifty or sixty convicts at a time were allowed up on deck for two hours but were never released from their chains…

As there were no interest, I’ll be offering this book to my f2f bookclubbers in next week and if no one is interested there, I’ll be releasing it to the wild via bookcrossing.   So, I’ve used random.org to determine my next read:

The next one Up for Grabs: The Aunt’s Story by Patrick White

Entries will be received up to midnight of Sunday, 17th June 2012).  To enter, just leave a  comment with your name and contact details (it doesn’t have to be your email address – it could be your goodreads profile etc just as long as I can get a message to you).  Only the winner will be contacted and you’ll have 48 hours to respond.

While you’re here, you can also nominate the next book I should read and therefore give away NEXT 😉

Don’t forget to check out my bookmarks and maybe grab one too, here!

My list of books (alphabetical order of author’s last name):

  1. Kane and Abel by Jeffrey Archer
  2. The Harmony Silk Factory by Tash Aw
  3. You Wouldn’t Be Dead for Quids by Robert G. Barrett
  4. Murphy’s Law (Molly Murphy Mysteries 1) by Rhys Bowen
  5. Jane Slayre: The Literary Classic… with a blood-sucking twist by Charlotte Bronte & Sherri Browning Erwin
  6. Musk & Byrne by Fiona Capp (ARC Edition)
  7. The Cairo Diary by Maxime Chattam
  8. The Coffin Dancer by Jeffery Deaver
  9. Avalanche by Jack Drummond
  10. The Horse Whisperer by Nicholas Evans
  11. Code to Zero by Ken Follett
  12. The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
  13. Shadows on the Aegean by Suzanne J Frank
  14. Sunrise of the Mediterranean by Suzanne J Frank
  15. Duet by Kimberley Freeman
  16. The Perfect Husband (Quincy & Rainie 1) by Lisa Gardner
  17. The Third Victim (Quincy & Rainie 2) by Lisa Gardner
  18. The Next Accident (Quincy & Rainie 3) by Lisa Gardner
  19. The Killing Hour (Quincy & Rainie 4) by Lisa Gardner
  20. Gone (Quincy & Rainie 5) by Lisa Gardner
  21. The Memoirs of Cleopatra by Margaret George
  22. Marathon Man by William Goldman
  23. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith
  24. Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
  25. Birdman by Mo Hayder
  26. Surrender by Sonya Hartnett
  27. 1788 by David Hill
  28. Arctic Chill by Arnaldur Indridason
  29. Voices by Arnaldur Indridason
  30. Ironweed by William Kennedy
  31. The Last 10 Seconds by Simon Kernick
  32. Highways to a War by Christopher J Koch
  33. Grace Notes by Bernard MacLaverty
  34. An Imaginary Life by David Malouf
  35. Legacy: A Novel by James A. Michener
  36. Tales of the South Pacific by James A. Michener
  37. The Official Fahrenheit 9/11 Reader by Michael Moore
  38. The Silent Country by Di Morrissey
  39. Secret Ones (Dream of Asarlai 1) by Nicole Murphy (ARC copy)
  40. Green Mountains by Bernard O’Reilly
  41. Thirteen Steps Down by Ruth Rendell
  42. A Sense of the World by Jason Roberts
  43. A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth
  44. Tully by Paullina Simons
  45. Devil’s Corner by Lisa Scottoline
  46. A Bend in the Road by Nicholas Sparks
  47. Handpicked by Siew Siang Tay
  48. The Chimney Sweeper’s Boy by Barbara Vine
  49. The Aunt’s Story by Patrick White
  50. Culture is… :Australian Stories Across Cultures – An Anthology edited by Anne-Marie Smith

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