Monday, September 9, 2013

Book review: "The Dig Tree" by Sarah Murgatroyd

In "The Dig Tree," Sarah Murgatroyd does a terrific job of assembling a compelling story about a doomed expedition into the heart of Australia. She carefully pulls together pieces from diaries, old news accounts, and official records, and even throws in insights into human and camel physiology when necessary.

The story moves along with interesting characters and sometimes heartbreaking events. Importantly, Murgatroyd grounds everything in historical research, giving her account valuable credibility.

If there's a weakness in this book it is only because the author does so well bringing the reader close to the events. You want the book to go one further step and recreate the conversations among the explorers, but of course it cannot do that.

This is a great book for anyone interested in adventure or Australian history.


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